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Speaker Kadaga, NRM Acholi delegates defy COVID-19 guidelines

NRM supporters dash to welcome speaker Rebecca Kadaga

NRM supporters dash to welcome speaker Rebecca Kadaga

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga and other ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party delegates in Acholi defied the ministry of Health's guidelines on coronavirus prevention during campaigns for the central executive committee (CEC) positions.

Kadaga who is seeking to retain her seat as the National Female NRM vice chairperson was campaigning alongside Mike Mukula, Sam Engola, Moses Kalisa Kalangwa and William Nokrach, the MP representing Persons With Disabilities for northern Uganda, among others. 

The event was held at St Monica Girls Tailoring School in Laroo-Bardege Division in Gulu on Sunday, where contenders drew over 500 delegates from across Acholi sub-region. But only a handful of them wore face masks and attempted to observe social distancing.

Hell broke loose when Kadaga arrived at the venue later in the evening triggering a stampede as the delegates charged towards her direction to welcome her. She joined the crowd in dancing, singing and ululating while marching through the aisle. The less than five policemen deployed at the venue looked on helplessly. 

She made her speech in less than 20 minutes and asked the delegates to vote for her based on her background in fighting against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), promoting women's rights, opposing gay law, improving health services and education as a member of the Central Executive Committee. 

Kadaga was again surrounded by hundreds of the delegates immediately after her speech. They led her to her seat in a jubilant mood, still,  in total disregard of the social distancing guidelines.


Kadaga in the tent with other delegates
Earlier,  before joining the crowds, Mike Mukula who is contesting for the NRM vice chairman's position for eastern Uganda had urged the delegates to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines citing that the disease is dangerous and kills. As of Sunday, Gulu had registered four community cases of coronavirus disease, as numbers continue to escalate across the country.

Brig Bonny Bamwiseki, the Acholi Regional COVID-19 Taskforce chairperson appealed for adherence to the ministry`s guidelines on COVID-19 to combat the spread of the disease. 

Ruling party politicians including the Health minister herself Jane Ruth Aceng, state minister for Microfinance Haruna Kasolo and the state minister for Kampala Benny Namugwanyahave, Mike Mukula among other have been accused of defying the coronavirus preventive guidelines against holding mass meetings and campaigns.
 
The police have also been accused of keeping a blind eye as the NRM politicians continue to flout the rules while going hard against opposition politicians even as the number of community coronavirus cases continue to rise in the country. Uganda has so far lost four people to coronavirus while 1,182 have been confirmed as positive. 

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+1 #1 Larry james 2020-08-03 14:42
All willing to die just to retain power in a banana republic. If people of such a political stature defy covid guidelines then what about a villager like myself!!
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+1 #2 Sabiti 2020-08-03 18:59
Quoting Larry james:
All willing to die just to retain power in a banana republic. If people of such a political stature defy covid guidelines then what about a villager like myself!!


You are absolutely right James. How I wish they could contract coronavirus from these kinds of events and die of it!

This would serve as an example for othets. People like Kadaga who are sickly and always in and out of hospital ought to know better. Sorry if I sound harsh but I am just disappointed!
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+1 #3 Lysol 2020-08-03 21:56
The voodoo queen might have cast her spells on those poor individuals to blindly obey her orders.

The corrupt regime does not give a damn about those people.
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0 #4 MR 2020-08-03 23:16
This is clear show how Uganda police are a joke, an embarrassment and not for the people but an NRM hit squad.

Kadaga in practice is also showing her open corruption
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0 #5 Tim 2020-08-05 08:04
All these so called strongmen and women are just panicky and paper tigers. Kadaga is running all over the country flouting public health rules and knocking innocent persons down with her convoy because Namuhanza said will challenge her.

And I can guess Oulanyah possible challenge in next parliament is part of her campaign.
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