Boda boda riders in Mbarara town had a field day Saturday when they were paid at least Shs15,000 per person to boycott Amama Mbabazi’s rally.
Amama in his western Uganda tour, is expected to hold a rally at Booma grounds in Mbarara town today.
“We are going to be given Shs15,000, fuel and a T-shirt to shun Mbabazi rally,” a boda boda rider told NTV’s Raymond Qatahar.
He said they were earlier promised Shs20,000 each.
“When we got there [at the RDC’s office], we were given Shs15,000 instead,” the biker lamented.
The payment was being made at the new Resident District Commissioner, Capt. Martha Asiimwe’s office in Mbarara town this morning.
Video of a man accused of defacing Amama posters in Mbarara
We have also learnt of a top secret meeting between RDC Asiimwe and NRM leaders last evening at an undisclosed location in the town.
“She met NRM leaders last evening. That is where the resolution to frustrate Mbabazi’s rally was reached,” a source told us.
We are told the cyclists in Mbarara are now chasing the RDC’s car around town demanding payment for their ‘services’.
Asiimwe recently met a group of former NRA veterans who call themselves Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) at the district council hall in Kamukuzi Mbarara.
Their goal was to revive the support for Museveni in western Uganda and frustrate Mbabazi campaigns.
Asiimwe promised the veterans, led by their chairman Apollo Mabati, reasonable facilitation if they managed to pull of the plan which manifested itself today.
Asiimwe, an NRM cadre replaced former Mbarara RDC Nickson Kabuye who was transferred to Kiboga District.
Still in Mbarara town, an unknown man was caught by Mbabazi mobilisers defacing their candidate’s posters.
This came at a time Mbabazi is planning to drag the electoral commission to the International Criminal Court [ICC] for electoral crimes.
He says while his rival, President Yoweri Museveni’s supporters continue to deface or tear his posters, intimidate his supporters and harass them, the EC is doing nothing about it.
This has happened in Masaka, Mukono, Hoima, Fort Portal, Kasese and yesterday in Bushenyi town.