Uganda bans use of public vehicles for campaigns

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Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), has banned the use of government vehicles for campaigns by its members.

The ban was announced by the NRM Electoral Commission chairman Tanga Odoi while issuing the party’s electoral road map.

The country’s opposition has in the past been very vocal in criticizing the government on using state resources including vehicles and money to campaign for its members.

NRM leader Yoweri Museveni is campaigning for re-election as the president of Uganda.

Museveni already has the backing of popular musicians in the country, some of whom have even recorded a song in support of his re-election agenda.

The long serving president may find his bid made easy as his challengers face numerous huddles, including failing to agree on a joint candidate to vie against him.

Kizza Besigye, the leader of Uganda’s largest opposition party Forum for Democracy Change, and Amama Mbabazi, Uganda’s immediate former prime minister and secretary general of ruling NRM, both want to vie for the presidency, an aspect that is largely seen to weaken both their chances of dethroning Museveni.

The elections will be held next year

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