The ruling party is running a television campaign advert showing skulls of dead victims of Luweero Triangle during the bush war.
A group of young fighters led by President, Yoweri Museveni waged war against the government of the late Milton Obote citing the alleged mismanagement of the 1980 polls, where Museveni contested for a parliamentary seat and lost.
According to the advert, the residents are reminded that if they don’t vote Museveni, the country will return to similar violence that led to the loss of lives of their possible relatives and neighbours.
Activists picked up on the advert and wrote to Dr Badru Kiggundu, the Electoral Commission chairperson demanding for a copy of the advert.
According to Uganda Radio Network, the activists in a letter sent to Jeninah Sabiti, the Central North Election officer, argue that the NRM campaign advert is aimed at evoking fear and intimidating voters ahead of the February 18th general election.
John Ssegujja, the Executive Director of the Luweero based Community Development and Child Welfare Initiatives (CODI), told URN the advert was carrying footages of wars of the 80s, people who were in the bush and skulls heaped on tables – showing that the situation is going to be as bad as that after election.
“This sends a message that if you don’t elect NRM, by and large we shall go back into that era and it is really intimidating,” he noted.
Over 500,000 people are believed to have lost their lives during the NRA 1981-1986 bush war in Luweero.