Mabirizi: I’ll win with 53%, appoint 24 ministers


“I will win with 53% by the end of Campaign period,” says independent candidate, Joseph Mabirizi on his Twitter handle ‏@MabiriziEJ.

Mabirizi, during a Twitter session running under the hashtag #AskMabirizi and hosted by NBS TV, said in his first 100 days all youth arrested for being idle and disorderly will be released.

Mabirizi said he would also constitute a committee in his first 100 days to strip convicted corrupt officials of their property.

His cabinet will only have 24 ministers.

In his foreign policy, Mabirizi said the Chinese working in Uganda would be used to bargain for the release of Ugandans facing jail terms in China.

“To create jobs, for every 100 Chinese working here, we must have 100 Ugandans working in China.”

“You find that you’re spending a lot on some districts but the income they collect is very little. They will be merged.”

Mabirizi said under his government, some districts will not be represented in Parliament directly.

“I am against the number of MPs being big. We shall try and reduce it back to 112 members only.”

Mabirizi said having institutional representatives in Parliament (police, teachers) will happen in his 2nd term of office.

Will drop out of race he loses his mock elections

Mabirizi said he would hold his mock elections on February 12 and if he lost them, he would drop out of the race.

“People have been sitting in their boardrooms to come up with poll results. We want to prove them wrong.”

“One poll said there was one district where no one knew about Mabirizi. That is a lie.”

However, the electoral commission blocked his mock elections.

Nonetheless, the candidate insisted he doesn’t need to get authorisation from EC to conduct a mock election:

“This is a practical opinion poll.”

He wondered why people are quick to say the only two deserving people are incumbent Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye.

“Any country built on a person is likely to face problems. We want to build institutions.”

He wants all institutions to be represented on all levels.

“The army is represented in Parliament but not the police.”

“I am not a product of the bush war. I have never worked in government unlike President Museveni, Besigye and Amama Mbabazi,” he said.

The candidate said FDC’s Kizza Besigye went and ‘slept for 6 years’ after he lost the 2006 elections while citing vote rigging.

Mabirizi explained that he first felt the urge to run for president 10 years ago.

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