Lies Rock Last Minute Campaigns in Fort-Portal

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Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The level of Anxiety as the campaigns draw to an end, is growing among the political candidates in Fort-Portal. But the anxiety has come with it not just sweat and panic but also with lies too. The sudden wave of lies, are confusing the voters, and the candidates seem to be in a mess as they launch their last minute campaign plea for votes. Cited as one of the most classic lies, a special announcement aired on Voice of Tooro, Life FM and Better F.M radio stations in Fort-Portal town stated that the NRM party candidate, Victoria Rusoke has withdrawn from the race, because she has scooped a job at the Ministry of Education. The announcement, a copy of which Uganda Radio Network has obtained, was purportedly signed by Amos Mujuni Rusoke's campaign manger. The announcement also states that Rusoke has urged her supporters to vote for Margaret Muhanga, an independent candidate on Friday. But In a telephone interview, Rusoke denied withdrawing from the race. She said that Muhanga and her supporters are desperate to win and are telling lies to confuse the voters. Rusoke has blamed the management of the three radio stations for broadcasting the announcement before contacting her. She says that she is still carrying out campaigns and she is confident of winning. When contacted, Muhanga denied being behind the announcement. In another wave of lies, supporters of Steven Kaliba, the independent candidate celebrated on the streets of Fort Portal, claiming that his opponent, Alex Ruhunda, the NRM party candidate had withdrawn from the race and shifted his allegiance to Kaliba. When members of Ruhunda's task force got to know of the move, they quickly mobilized their supporters and moved around the town with public address systems disputing the rumors. Ruhunda who was in a meeting with Suleiman Kato, the Kabarole district registrar, also abandoned the meeting and went on the streets informing his supporters that he is still in the race. Meanwhile, normal programmes on the three radio stations in Fort Portal have been cancelled, as aspiring Members of Parliament from the neighboring districts of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko carry out last minute campaigns. Since there are no radio station in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko, all the aspiring candidates from the two districts traveled to Fort Portal to campaign on the radio. From 7:00a.m, candidate after candidate has been on the radio stations for more than two hours requesting for support from the voters. The candidates in Ntoroko are Brian Asiimwe, the incumbent MP Ntoroko County, his rival Martin Mugarra, an independent candidate, Rose Mugera, the NRM party candidate for Ntoroko Woman MP and Jennifer Mujungu, an independent. In Bundibugyo District, there is Kamanda Bataringaya (NRM) for Bwamba County, Joshua Mwesige (Independent) and Vivienne Baguma (Independent). Apollo Sande (FDC), Acrobat Kiiza (NRM) and the incumbent Joseph Matte (Independent). Others are Jane Alisemera for Woman MP, Harriet Ntabazi (NRM) and Cissy Semuhemba (FDC) in the race.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.