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Campaigns for Bubulo West seat kick off

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By Yahudu Kitunzi

Posted  Wednesday, April 2  2014 at  01:00

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Promises. Candidates from different parties rally voters to support their manifestos on the first day of campaigns.

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MANAFWA.

Campaigns to fill the vacant post of Bubulo East Constituency in Parliament have started, with the candidates making numerous promises.
The seat fell vacant when the former MP, Mr Tonny Kipoi, was kicked out of the August House for missing several sittings without permission of the Speaker.
The FDC candidate, Mr Ahamadah Wakweya, launched his campaigns in Manafwa Town Council, capitalising on the unfulfilled promises made by the government.

Fighting empty promises
“Government promises to tarmac Mbale-Manafwa-Lwakwakwa Road every financial year but nothing has been done. It is only me who will press the government to deliver this,” Mr Wakweya said.

NRM’s Rose Mutonyi promised to provide ambulances in every health centre in order to save mothers who die while giving birth. Addressing a rally at Bukimanayi Health Centre II in Katto Sub-county, Ms Mutonyi also promised to improve the agricultural sector using the government’s Naads programme.

Mr Paul Butita, the DP candidate, promised to fight unemployment amongst youth by identifying the right practical skills.

The independent candidate, Mr Joseph Bufwambu, warned voters against selling their votes in exchange for sachets of salt and a match box.
Mr Emma Mwiyikinya, another independent candidate, pledged to accomplish all the projects which Mr Kipoi left pending.

campaign plan
The campaigns, which started March 27, close on April 7. The aspirants will in the period traverse the constituency’s 15 sub-counties. The Electoral Commission has set April 10 as the polling day. Bubulo West has 64,749 registered voters, with 145 officially gazetted polling stations.

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