Presidency minister, Frank Tumwebaze, accuses Go Forward candidate, Amama Mbabazi, of trying to “con unsuspecting Ugandans with a manifesto full of lies”.
This week, supporters of minister Tumwebaze abandoned his event to greet Mbabazi while campaigning in Kamwenge district.
The minister, in a statement, says Mbabazi’s manifesto and electoral promises are all “empty”.
He referred to the presidential candidates TV debate where “Mbabazi veered off to trade into indecent personal attacks against Betty Amongi and another unnamed woman leader he described as a ‘childless woman’”.
According to Tumwebaze, these women leaders were not even part of the debate to defend themselves.
“It was sad. Shockingly, the moderators never rebuked him for digressing and disorientation. I will ask my friend Allan [Kasujja-the moderator] why he covered up this blunder.”
“I hope Ugandans will probe him [Mbabazi] further on views that concern respect for women.”
Tumwebaze says in Mbabazi’s “shameless rant” to people who had no right to defend themselves on the podium, he demonstrated the highest level of “insensitivity and zerosomeness”.
“Instead of compassion, Mbabazi offered callousness. Is being childless, a moral or political issue to contest on? Was this the most critical national issue that he had to offer to the female gender?”
The minister says this confirms only one thing about Mbabazi’s electoral promises; that all the talk in his manifesto about respect for women “is a lie and a mask to con unsuspecting Ugandans”.
“What does this say about the leadership character and authenticity of Amama Mbabazi? What does the foregoing transgressions and lack of policy focus mean for the debate?”
Warns against violence
The minister is appealing to Ugandans to desist from all forms of violence during the election period.
His call comes a day after government sounded a warning to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for allegedly hatching a plan to invade Electoral Commission headquarters and destabilize the country during election period.
Tumwebaze has called upon all political parties to respect the rule of law and make use the courts in case they are dissatisfied with the election outcome.
Meanwhile, the ruling National Resistance Movement denies making reckless statements saying their officials’ messages are being distorted.
Both President Yoweri Museveni, the party chairman and the Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, have been quoted promoting election violence.
The spokesperson of the campaign task force, Mike Ssebalu, says some people are distorting information from NRM to gain political capital.