Lawyers representing president Museveni who is the National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential candidate have informed the Electoral Commission chairman Eng. Badru Kiggundu that President Museveni will not be visiting Mbale.
Local media recently reported that president Museveni will be in Mbale on Sunday 10th January to ‘commission’ roads that are still under construction. They include Republic Street, Mugisu Hill, Pallisa Road and Nabuyonga Rise, on which the World Bank spent Shs12 billion. Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi will be campaigning in Mbale on the same day.
However, the lawyers dismissed the report. “H.E. the president does not, at this time have any scheduled visit on the 9th or 10th of January 2016 and has not made any such announcement as the complainant alleges,” Kiwanuka and Karugire advocates said in a letter dated 8th January, 2016.
But the lawyers said that Museveni is the president of Uganda, Mbale inclusive, whose duty does not cease during the campaign period. “Therefore, any duties of state that require his attention cannot be curtailed by political campaigns programs.”
The lawyers argued that it has become a complainant (Mbabazi) to invent fictional grievances which requires Museveni to respond. “we there request you to advise the complainant to substantiate this and all other future allegations he is sure to make, lest our client is constrained to continue wasting time and resources answering allegations made without any factual basis.”
The Go Forward camp has complained that Museveni will be in Mbale to disorganise Mbabazi rally, raising a complaint to the Electoral Commission about the alleged visit.