The Alliance for National Unity Transformation (ANT) party candidate Mugisha Muntu says he doesn’t understand what Ugandans exactly want from him.
“Every once in a while, I hear people say “Gen. Muntu would have been the right person to take over leadership of the country, but he’s not aggressive enough”.
I usually ask them what ways they want me to be more aggressive. We’re not in a gun fight or a boxing ring. Do you want me to go and hold Gen. Museveni by the collar and throw him out of State House? Do you want me to speak aggressively to scare him and he runs away?” he wondered.
“What I believe we need to be able to take over and run the country better is the ability to build institutional strength, not individual strength or aggressiveness, because this is not an individual fight, and when we get into power, I will not work alone,” he added.
According to Muntu, it is this individualism of the Presidency that has Uganda in the position that it is in as a country right now.
“We need to build institutions and structures so that when I become president, I serve my term and at the set time I hand over to the next elected person.”
Muntu said it was absurd for the Electoral Commission to tell people not to come with cameras to the polling stations yet there is technology which can capture events in real-time, which is the most needed thing in this election.
“There’s nothing to hide at a Polling station. You can’t say “a free, fair and transparent election” and then stop people from bringing cameras. What do you fear? What is to be hidden at the polling station?” he noted.
Muntu closed last week by meeting the people of Kirima, Kanungu District where he shared plans for the country as Alliance for National Transformation-Uganda and asked them to all turn up to vote on 14th January.
“If we all turn up and vote for change, the regime will have a harder job rigging the election, so don’t give up before the fight is over as they want you to,” he said.
His next Ibanda meeting was in Rwenkobwa where he said NRM Primaries were a mess, and not just in a few spots but all over the country.
“We already see signs that the regime wants to extend that way of doing things to next week’s election. Fellow Ugandans, we urge you to play your part in delivering our country from this mess, turn up in large numbers on 14th and vote for the change you want to see,” he told voters.
In Kiruhura district which is also President Museveni’s home area, Muntu was pleasantly surprised with a gift from the people.
They have him a cow which is a sign of love among the Bahima people.
In Kigezi region, the people broke out into dance.
The Kizino dance was originally known as a revenge dance, but it is a happy dance as we know it in the culture today.
“Fellow Ugandans, may you bring that same energy and vigor of the “Kizino” to the polls as you vote for change on 14th January 2021,” Muntu said.
Muntu also opened Mitooma Branch ANT Office:
“Mitooma people, we ask you to vote for Alliance for National Transformation-Uganda at all levels so that we can bring you the change that you so much desire!”
In Kihihi, Muntu reassured the people that restoring term limits in the constitution is top of his priority so that as a country “we can get used to a culture where a president will get into power, serve his term and hand over to another and the country continues uninterrupted'”.
He briefly stopped in Bugangari in Rukungiri on his way to the main campaign meeting.
“We shared with them our plans in brief, especially the plans to develop the entire value chain so that they don’t have to sell raw material or unprocessed products at very low prices, but add value, process them and sell higher.”