National Resistance Movement [NRM] Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, accuses media of ignoring her chairman and President Yoweri Museveni’s campaign rallies.
“You should take note that our candidate has so far addressed 70 rallies and some haven’t even covered 20 of them,” Lumumba told press Wednesday at Kyadondo NRM party headquarters.
“I have observed that some media houses are biased and do not cover all the candidates equally,” Lumumba insisted without naming which media houses in particular were doing that.
She claimed the media is concentrating their energy on one candidate [who was not named].
Lumumba also announced the new Museveni task force will be led by Hon. Janat Mukwaya who will be deputised by Mr. Amos Wekesa from the Private Sector.
The Publicity Committee will be chaired by Hon. Mike Sebalu who will be deputised by Ms. Mary Mutesi.
Other Members on the task force are: Hon. John Nasasira, Hamlet Kabushenga, Mr. Simon Kaheru, Mr. Odrek Rwabwogo, Hon. Steven Tashobya, Hon. Tarsus Kabwegyere, Hon. Maria Mutagamba, Mr. Davis Akampurira, Ms. Norah Akwi, Mr. Joseph Ariong among others.
Lumumba’s frustration comes after another Presidential candidate, Benon Biraaro, accused the media of giving him less coverage compared to seven of his other opponents in the race.
While addressing supporters at the Iganga Freedom square last week, Biraaro said most of his opponents are given more air time on televisions and on FM stations compared to him.
“Iam always being given very short time yet my opponents are given more time which is depicting a bad picture of me to the public,” he said.
Biraaro said he has always managed to pull big crowds during his rallies but he is surprised that nothing is being shown on television stations.
He accused some journalists of being corrupted by politicians to show bigger crowds of their rallies as if to say they have majority support compared to him.
“I know there are some people behind all this because at first they thought I was joking but they have now come to realize that am very serious.”
On a day or so back, Amama Mbabazi also complained about a certain television station in Kampala that “deliberately refused” to show his crowds in Gulu town.
It was alleged by critics that Amama had no support in northern Uganda but when he pulled crowds in Arua and Gulu towns, many were left dumbfounded.
Only FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, hasn’t complained of being denied coverage.