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Mayambala Fails to Campaign in Bugisu Citing Increased COVID-19 Cases, Lack of Money

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According to Karim, they resorted to using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp and media houses that would offer them airtime to reach out to voters freely. Karim says they don’t want to be part of the team that will spread COVID-19 to the masses.
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Independent presidential candidate, Willy Mayambala has failed to honour his campaign schedule in Bugisu Sub-region citing financial constraints.

According to the Electoral Commission – EC campaign schedule, Mayambala was supposed to start his campaigns in Bugisu region on Tuesday starting with Mbale district and then proceed to Sironko and Bulambuli later today.  

However, the presidential hopeful is no show in Mbale, Sironko and Bulambuli districts citing lack of resources to enable him to conduct the campaigns.  Mayambala’s media team coordinator, Jamal Karim, says the presidential candidate stopped campaigning in the open sometime back when the COVID-19 cases started increasing.  

According to Karim, they resorted to using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp and media houses that would offer them airtime to reach out to voters freely. Karim says they don’t want to be part of the team that will spread COVID-19 to the masses.         



He says that until the government comes out openly to declare that the country is free from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will continue using social media platforms as the most secure way of campaigning. 

“We cannot campaign now in the wake of this pandemic, if you have been following us, you are aware we stopped those campaigns long ago because we cannot expose our people to the deadly disease during the campaigns,” he told URN on phone.

He regretted the inconveniences caused to the people of Bugisu because of their failure to campaign in the region. “We are sorry, we may not make it to that side due to those challenges. I want to apologize to the people of Bugisu over the same but we try to reach out to them through other platforms,” he added.     

Geoffrey Namawa, a resident of Busamaga in Mbale City told URN that he wasn’t aware of any presidential candidate who was supposed to campaign in the town.  “I thought they are now over after we saw General Tumukunde,” he said.  

Several candidates have openly come out and told their supporters that the campaigns are draining due to lack of financial support to enable them to move across the country to canvas support.

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