The State Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Peter Ogwang has said that the 2021 presidential elections are going to be the easiest elections ever for the ruling National Resistance Movement – NRM to win.
Ogwang, the Katakwi district Member of Parliament said that despite other parties pulling crowds in the ongoing campaign rallies, President Museveni will sail through at ease.
“Not everyone who attends a campaign rally is a voter, some just come because they want to see who you are,” he said.
“President Museveni is known from all corners of the country,”
Ogwang also bragged that President Museveni is a biggest crowd puller in Uganda. “If it wasn’t because of COVID-19, President Museveni would have pulled crowds from wherever he goes,” he said.
President Museveni who is seeking a sixth elective term in office has continued with his ‘silent’ campaigns in respect to the COVID-19 set guidelines.
Ogwang also affirmed that NRM, is the only party to field a parliamentary candidate in all the 146 districts across the country.
Unlike previous campaigns where candidates would address rallies, this time round campaigns will be held following strict guidelines from the health ministry due to COVID-19 outbreak, however, some notable figures have flouted these guidelines.
In adherence to the set guidelines, Museveni started his campaign trail by addressing selected leaders from Luwero at Kawumu. He later addressed the public through radio and TV.
On Wednesday, the President said that the NRM party will not conduct mass rallies nor hold processions because it would put the public at risk in light of the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing a select group of party leaders in Apac on Wednesday, his second day of campaigning in Lango sub-region, President Museveni said the NRM had decided it would engage voters through house-to-house mobilisation.
“If it was safe, there would be rallies and nobody would have bigger rallies than the NRM but we care about your safety. Don’t join those enemy groups forming crowds that will put people in danger. This bankruptcy of calling people in such dangerous times is criminal and we are going to deal with these people,” he said.
The President, who is conducting his campaign at the sub-region level, has been meeting groups of not more than 70 NRM leaders, under strict adherence to standard operating procedures issued by the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Health.
Health Minister Jane Ruth Achieng on Tuesday issued new guidelines, saying the numbers for the political gatherings could be raised to 200 from the earlier 70, but with strict adherence to standard operating procedures.