A Pick-Up Truck is all that the EC has for Presidential Candidates

The Electoral Commission (EC) has not procured official vehicle for candidates in next January’s presidential elections.

The electoral body is scheduled to  nominate candidates for the 2021 presidential elections on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3, at  Kyambogo University.

NRM’s Yoweri Museveni who is seeking to extend his presidency to 40 years will be the first to get nominated at 10am. He will be followed by his former minister and spymaster, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde who will be nominated at 1pm as an Independent candidate.

Little known John Katumba, an Independent, will follow next at 2pm before former army commander, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation  (ANT) get nominated at 3pm.

The only female aspirant, Nancy Linda Kalembe, an Independent, will be nominated last at 4pm.

On day two, pop star, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the National Unity Platform  (NUP) will open the exercise, appearing before the commission at 10am followed by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate, Patrick Amuriat Oboi at midday.

According to the tentative program,  Fred Mwesigye, another Independent candidate, will be nominated last at 2pm.

Unlike the previous elections where presidential candidates were given an escorts car and an official car, this time around, nominated candidates will be given one double cabin truck for police escorts who will form their security detail.

“There was a change in the law. Previously, we used to give them a Pajero, a lead car and Shs 20 million. All that was removed, the only facilitation they get from us is the security and vehicle for the security,” Paul Bukenya, the acting EC spokesman said.

While the government in 2015 had proposed to increase the facilitation for presidential candidates to Shs 50 million, Parliament voted in support of an amendment which was moved by Aruu MP, Odonga Otto to scrap the facilitation on grounds of discouraging “jokers” from joining the presidential race.


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