The independent presidential candidate John Katumba has
failed to show up for his campaigns in Rukungiri, leaving many residents who were looking forward to seeing him disappointed.
Katumba, the youngest presidential candidate in the race was expected to campaign in Rukungiri today after causing excitement in Mbarara yesterday. This was to be his first campaign in Kigezi sub region after finishing with Greater Ankole yesterday.
Katumba’s supporters got disappointed after they waited to see
their candidate, but by 6pm he had not yet appeared in Rukungiri.
Ivan Mugisha, a resident of western division in Rukungiri municipality said
that he had waited from morning after he received news that John Katumba would be campaigning in Rukungiri.
Mugisha said after
listening to the campaign message of Lt.Gen
Henry Tukumuda and FDC’s Patrick Amuriat, he now wanted to compare Katumba’s
message with the two presidential candidates who have already visited Rukungiri
district to allow him take an informed decision before casting his vote on 14th
Nathan Kanyesigye, a resident of Ruhinda sub- County in Rukungiri district said
that being the youngest among the eleven presidential candidates in the race,
he wanted to hear what he had to say during the campaign in Rukungiri town. Kanyesigye was still
hopeful that Katumba would turn up any time so that he can deliver his message to
the people of Rukungiri.
Henry Kintu, the Rukungiri district police commander told our reporter that as
police they expected Katumba today, but did not show up saying that they will
wait for him any other day.
When our reporter contacted Katumba, he said that he was to
campaign in Rukungiri today after campaigning in Mbarara yesterday evening but
he had rushed back to Kampala on getting the news of Sheikh Nooh Muzaata's death and had to attend the burial ceremony of the great Muslim cleric.
Katumba becomes the third presidential candidate
who has failed to appear in Rukungiri district for campaigning after Willy
Magambala and Fred Mwesigye also failed to turn up.