The wife of David Bahati, State Minister of Finance for Planning, is currently traversing Kabale villages giving out hoes and money to secure votes for her husband.
Juliet Kyomugisha Bahati, on Monday visited Mwendo parish in Kitumba Subcounty, Kabale District.
Mrs Bahati met women from 38 villages in Mwendo parish and gave 10 of them plates and Shs1, 850,000 (Shs1.8m).
“The rest of us [women] went empty handed after spending the whole day travelling to meet her,” says one of them who attended the gathering.
Each village is represented by 10 women who get a hoe, plates and Shs 46,000 cash out of the 255 villages in the constituency.
After Kitumba, she is now headed for Rubaya where she will meet more women.
Bahati faces Harold Bamwoya, a challenger who wants his the Member of Parliament seat for the constituency of Ndorwa West.
Critics claim Bahati’s wife is travelling with “lorries of hoes, plates and a sack of money” through Ndorwa West to safeguard her husband’s votes.
“Please vote my husband and President Yoweri Museveni so that they take Uganda to another level,” is the message she leaves with fellow women.
“Don’t listen to those fighting my husband, they are jealous because he is a minister.”
She thanked Kitumba women for the support in Bahati’s last 10 years as Member of Parliament.
“Give him more support because president Museveni trusts him so much.”
Bahati will do anything
Bahati has been called a “real rising star” media circles and is not only close to Museveni but the First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni.
As deputy government Chief Whip, Bahati together with the current Youth minister, Evelyn Anite, championed the Kyankwanzi resolution that made Museveni the sole candidate side-lining Amama Mbabazi.
He has been very instrument in destroying Amama’s structures in Kigezi region.
Critics accuse Bahati of playing a vital role in this week’s reshuffle of Resident District Commissioners.
RDCs control district security apparatus which is vital in an election.
They get intelligence reports, can use police to arrest and influence party structures.
Bahati allegedly influenced the transfer of Denis Nzeirwe to Kabale as deputy RDC to “help him politically”.
He is standing against Hon henry Musasizi and others to replace Hon Hope Mwesigye as NRM district chairperson.
Hon Musasizi has already put radio announcements warning those who “misuse president Museveni’s gift”.
The two are building camps in NRM to help them get enough delegates and will use RDCs to ensure their victories.
In 2011 elections, Musasizi used then RDC, Cox Nyakairu, then who helped him against Hon Godfrey Ahabwe Pereza, former Member of Parliament Rubanda East County and former State Minister of local government.
Currently, Musasizi and Bahati are in a race to distribute the Shs 250,000 given to every village as “a gift from Museveni”.