Lira—3, December 2020: The only female presidential candidate on the ballot paper in Uganda’s 2021 polls has cautioned the youth against getting caught up in the wave of election violence that has marred the electoral processes.
Ms Nancy Linda Kalembe sounded the warning while addressing a rally Wednesday at Lira City Bus Park.
This was the first rally of her campaign trail in Lango sub-region. She is expected to traverse other districts in Lango, today (Thursday).
The sole female presidential candidate assured the voters that change is “inevitable in the 2021 elections” but asserted that it “has to be a meaningful and peaceful change,” further stating that “it is only my candidature that can usher such a change”.
“To the youth, if you die, your mother will cry, but remember elections are for only two months and you will be forgotten, therefore desist from violence,” she told youth in Lira City, Wednesday.
Her rally at Lira Bus park was peaceful, no police deployment and without any incident as the crowd cheered her, according to TND News’ Frank Oyugi.
Describing herself as a “real mother”, Kalembe said she would not allow youth to “immerse themselves in chaos and violence” which could lead to loss of lives in an election which is bound to end in two months’ time.
Once elected president, Kalembe said her administration would ensure an equitable distribution of resources and also offer unity across tribal divides. She observed that for long, Northern and Eastern parts of Uganda have been marginalized and left to languish in abject poverty, yet the people are honest and hardworking, a situation she vowed to reverse.
Kalembe will be the fourth woman to appear on the ballot paper after Miria Kalule -widow of late popular President, Dr Apollo Milton Obote, who contested in 2006.
Others are Betty Olive Namisango Kamya (BONK) in 2001, now Uganda’s Lands Minister and Maureen Kyalia, who stood in the 2016 elections.