Kampala, By our reporter
Updated 4:59PM Saturday 26th December 20.
Following Uganda Electoral Commission suspension of presidential campaigns in key cities and districts, several Ugandans speaking to HICGI News Agency have expressed disappointment with some politicians vowing to defy the move.
In a tweet, The EC through its spokesperson Paul Bukenya states that Presidential campaign meetings in districts/cities categorised by Ministry of Health as having high spread of Covid19 have been suspended from 26/12/20.
A retweet on EC handle states “no campaign meetings will be held in Mbarara, Kabarole, Luwero, Kasese, Masaka, Wakiso, Kabarole, Jinja, Kalungu, Kazo, Kampala & Tororo.
Political analysts speaking to HICGI News Agency, suggest this move is going to affect President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s main challenger Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine whose recent arrest over crowd pulling during his campaigns sparked widespread protests that claimed more than 50 lives as security agencies tried to contain the riots.
Museveni to end campaigns on December 30
According to President Museveni’s schedule, his campaigns are expected to end on December 30. After that, he will hold small meetings with party leaders until January 12 ahead of the January 14 general election.
Latest Covid-19 update
The EC statement comes just hours after the Ministry of Heath on Friday confirmed 446 new Covid-19 infections as cases rose to 33,360 with 245 virus deaths.
The ministry officials said 442 new cases are contacts and alerts in Kampala (353), Wakiso (26), Mukono (19), Soroti (8), Mbale (8), Masaka (6), Tororo (5), Kyotera (3), Budaka (3), Lira (3), Amuru (1), Kibuku (1), Busia (1), Namayingo (1), Kween (1), Luwero (1), Mbarara (1), Jinja (1).
Four of the new cases are truck drivers who tested positive for the virus at Malaba (3) and Elegu (1) border points.
Uganda is slated for Polls on 14th January 2021 and the opposition has been winning in several cities in the last elections.