The minister of ICT and National guidance Hon Judith Nabakooba has warned politicians against using abusive languages during campaigns ahead of the forth coming 2021 elections.
While addressing journalists at media center today, Nabakooba told her fellow candidates that political Campaigns should not be a time for candidates to use abusive language against each other.
“Candidates are warned against defaming others, telling falsehoods against each other, inciting public disorder, inciting hatred or violence.” She said.
She therefore called upon all candidates to conduct their campaigns in manner that respects our diversity in culture and political differences.
“My prayer is that these political campaigns will be able to bring us closer together as a country as opposed to separating us.” She Said.
Concerning the campaign posters, the minister notes that all local government authorities including KCCA have issued guidelines for setting up campaign posters.
The minister of state for KCCA and metropolitan affairs Benny Namugwanya Bugembe warned the political aspirants against putting up campaign posters in a way that endangers people’s lives.
“Campaign posters should not be pinned on road signs; campaign banners should not be hanging on electricity power lines.Campaign posters or any other campaign material should not be used in such a way that endangers the lives of people.They should not be used in such a way that inconveniences the movement of pedestrians and vehicles.” She cautioned.
Nabakooba also urged all candidates to respect the guidelines provided to avoid situations of conflict when campaign posters are pulled down.
“We are also reminded that all candidates have the responsibility of keeping the public safe from COVID-19. Let us endeavor to observe all the guidelines that have been provided by the Electoral Commission.” She said.
Nabakooba also emphasized on the issue that UNEB’ s Director Odongo Dan said on hiking registration fees for candidates
She warned schools against charging parents any amount beyond the official registration fees for the forth coming national examinations
“According to UNEB the official rates are, PLE – 34,000, UCE – 164,000 and UACE – 186,000.On previous occasions, there have been cases where schools have collected the money from parents but failed to register the candidates on time.
Parents are being called upon to be vigilant and liaise with their schools and ensure that the entire process is being done in a genuine manner.” She said.
As Uganda registered 146 new COVID19 cases and its COVID19 death toll hit 101 on today, the minister called upon the public to continue taking caution against COVID19.
Nabakooba pointed out that the Ministry of Health has revised the cost of the COVID-19 test from 240,000 to 185,000 shillings.
“This applies to special categories of people that are required to undergo mandatory testing and given a COVID-19 certificate.Categories such as truck drivers entering the country, people traveling out of the country, Ugandan and Visitors coming into the country without negative COVID- 19 certificates, private individuals or organisaitons that want to test their staff.” She said
“The rest of the people who wish to know their status are encouraged to check into any government hospital for free services.” Nabakooba added.