KAMPALA – The presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, has set off for West Nile sub region where he is set to launch his campaign in Arua city on Tuesday, November 10.
Thousands of his supporters stood by the roadsides to catch a glimpse of the candidate as his convoy started on the journey upcountry.
The Electoral Commission campaign programme indicates that Bobi Wine was meant to start his campaign in Arua City, Pakwach District and Nebbi District on Monday.
But NUP leaders said the commission delayed confirming the campaign programme and they will delay the start of their campaign by a day.
“We have been forced to push our launch of the campaigns to Tuesday (tomorrow) because we were informed late and we had to do some organisations,” Mr Joel Ssenyonyi, NUP spokesperson, said.
“EC told us that some people had not sent their programmes for harmonisation and we insisted that let us roll because the other people might take forever to bring their programmes,” he added.
With only 63 days of the campaign and 146 districts countrywide, it means all presidential candidates will have to cover on average two districts per day. Bobi Wine starting his campaign one day late, means he will have to do more districts per day if he is to cover the whole country.
Bobi Wine will launch his campaign in Arua, a city where two years ago he survived the shooting by security forces in an election fracas that claimed life of his driver. Government later charged him with treason on claims that he wanted to assassinate President Museveni who was also in Arua campaigning for a parliamentary candidate of his party–NRM.
After tomorrow, Bobi Wine will head to Gulu City, Kitgum and Pader districts for the second day of the campaign.