Museveni splashes Shs17bn in campaigns


Mbabazi , Museveni and Besigye at different rallies [Daily Monitor photo]

So far, the NRM presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni, is not only leading opinion polls but also in expenditure during the 2016 campaign trail.

The president, according to a latest survey, has spent Shs27bn on his 2016 campaigns in two months [Shs4.8b in November and Shs22.2b in December, 2015 in 16 districts] representing 91.6 per cent of the Shs29.6b spent by all the candidates in total.

Go Forward presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, on the other hand has spent a total of Shs1.3bn or 4.6 per cent in the same period.

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, spent a total of Shs976m or 3.3 per cent.

According to the survey, Dr Abed Bwanika spent Shs34,311,000, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba Shs95,732,000, Maureen Kyalya Shs5,692,500 and Joseph Mabirizi Shs26,486,000.

Maj Gen Benon Biraaro was not reviewed in the study funded by Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) and conducted by Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), a loose coalition of CSO activists advocating increased transparency in the practice of financing political parties and election campaigns in Uganda, including Transparency International and Anti-corruption Coalition.

According to the survey, out of the Shs137.6bn spent, NRM accounted for 87.9 per cent or Shs121bn in November and December.

FDC followed at 2.1 per cent, Go-Forward at 1.1 per cent, Democratic Party at 0.5 per cent and Uganda People’s Congress at 0.3 per cent.

The rest accounted for 0.3 per cent of the total expenditure.

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