Mityana Motorists Get Fuel To Abandon Mbabazi Rally

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Over 200 boda boda were given free fuel not to accompany presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi to Busimbi playground in Mityana town.

Over 200 motor cyclists, commonly known as Boda-bodas, in Mityana town have been given free fuel not to accompany presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi to his rally at Busimbi playground.

The riders were given three litres of fuel each.

Fred Balikuddembe, the chairperson of Mityana boda boda riders' association paid for the fuel worth three million shillings. He said he got the money from President Yoweri Museveni campaign task force.

Balikuddembe says that they were given the fuel as appreciation for supporting President Museveni.

He however declined to name the official who delivered the money to him to buy the fuel for the colleagues.

However, there was a fight among the boda boda riders over the fuel, as some accused others of trying to sideline them.
Emmanuel Mafundo, the Mityana District Police Commander rushed to the petrol station to calm the riders and ensure fuel is distributed equally.  He however refused to comment. 

Joel Musisi, another motorist at Banda stage says they were asked to use the fuel to work and shun Amama Mbabazi's rally.

Vox Pop of motorists at Total Petro station 

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However, Mbabazi managed to attract a section of motorists who escorted him to Busimbi playground for his rally. Mbabazi was welcomed by large crowds that gathered after light rains delayed the rally.

On Monday, over 80 motorists threatened to beat Masaka National Resistance Movement party chairperson, Peter Ssenkungu, when he kept them away from Mbabazi rally but failed to give them the 50,000 shillings, he had promised. 

Anti-riot police commanded by Masaka District Police Commander, John Mwawule rushed to save Ssenkungu and fired teargas to disperse the boda boda riders.

Mathias Mpuuga, the Masaka Municipality MP, has described both events as cowardice and insisted that change is inevitable.

Mpuuga adds that Museveni should address issues that include poor health services, roads and abject poverty, rather than resorting to bribe those he thinks will support Mbabazi.

Amama Mbabazi arrived at Busimbi playground in the company of Democratic Party president Norbert Mao, Asuman Basalirwa of JEEMA and some opposition MPs.

 In his speech, Mbabazi promised to fight corruption which he says is the major hindrance to development. The Go-Forward candidate promised to provide an enabling environment for the youth to access jobs.