It has been two complete days now, and today marks the third, since the official presidential campaigns kicked off, with a total of upto eleven candidates traversing the country for support to power. With all that huge number of contestants, two of them have become so vocal so early, and are now tipped to pose a very competitive threat to the incumbent president, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni.
Famous National Unity Platform (NUP’s) Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine and Forum for Democratic Change (FDC’s) defiant Patrick Oboi Amuriat who has since his nomination presented himself to his voters barefoot, claiming that the police took his pair of shoes and haven’t since returned them to him, are among the top opposition aspirants whose presence has been great felt the most.
Just yesterday, as Amuriat extended his defiance gospel to Teso region amidst huge gatherings inviting various Police interceptions, so was Bobi Wine welcomed by a massive cheering crowd in Arua District, as he chose to start his journey to the state house from a place where so much blood was shed in his hands.
Contrary to Museveni’s top run mates, the incumbent president has run a purely scientific campaign since his official nation-wide campaigns lauch at Kawumu Presidential Demonstration Farm in Luweero District where he chose to articulate the NRM campaign agenda through the media.
Pitching his campaign agenda to the leaders of Lira District yesterday, Museveni called upon the rest of his NRM supporters to stay home and stay safe from the deadly Corona virus, promising that different NRM leaders at all levels will engage them at their respective grassroots structures.
“I take this opportunity to call upon our supporters to stay home, stay safe, the NRM message will reach you. I would like to disabuse you of your intention to want to show our might and numbers by lining on streets,” Museveni said, stressing to his supporters that there is no need for excitement, and urged them to rather keep calm at home and sow the NRM message.
Museveni has also mostly resorted to broadcasting his messages to his supporters online, and on air, utilise various social media and and other media platforms like radio and TV stations with respect to the new electoral rules aimed at safeguarding the public from the deadly Corona virus.