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Justine Kasule Lumumba the NRM Secretary-General on why the party opted to hold small gatherings of less than 200 people. PHOTO/TWITTER

Lumumba made the remarks in response to the question of why the ruling party NRM has opted to hold small gatherings of less than 200 people.

In an interview with journalists Thursday on why the party opted for small gatherings, Justine Kasule Lumumba the NRM Secretary-General said that they are focused on protecting the lives of Ugandans against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Lumumba made the remarks in response to the question of why the ruling party NRM has opted to hold small gatherings of less than 200 people in favour of mass rallies like what most opposition parties are doing.

Earlier on, the Electoral Commission (EC) directed all candidates to have not more than 200 people at any political gathering, however, many opposition parties as witnessed in images and videos making rounds on social media are holding meetings of relatively more people than the expected number.

However, contrary to what other parties are doing, Lumumba said that the NRM government has been offering leadership even before the COVID-19 set in and now in its presence they have to take full responsibility to protect the lives of Ugandans.

“We are the leading party and must set the best example in the country. We have not held rallies because we have the responsibility of protecting Ugandans and their property,” Lumumba explained.

“We have been offering leadership before Covid-19 set in. We have to continue offering leadership even after Covid-19 came.”

lumumba nrm decision hold small gatherings
Justine Kasule Lumumba the NRM Secretary-General on why the party opted to hold small gatherings of less than 200 people. PHOTO/TWITTER

The NRM Secretary General also, said that the party is still strong even without holding large political gatherings like it has been doing in the past elections.

She said that the NRM party has representatives from each region who will go door to door enticing people to vote for them.

“We have had rallies where we have brought together one million people at Kololo and thousands of people in the different Boma grounds around the country. We have done that but now, the challenge is to show Ugandans you can lead them even during the Coronavirus pandemic,” Lumumba added.

“We shall go to the voter by moving person to person, house to house. We have structures of 30 people per village. These must deliver victory.”

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Geoffrey Kiwanda Ssuubi the NRM NEC Buganda region said that the National Resistance Movement party is looking at their flag bearer winning by 70% in Central region, but we will use other means other than rallies.

Kiwanda said that Museveni is a parent that is why he has decided not to hold rallies in fear that they might culminate into the further spread of the virus.

“President Museveni’s message is in line with his ideology. We are looking at President Museveni winning by 70% in Central region, but we will use other means other than rallies,” the minister said.

“Our candidate is a parent. That is why we don’t have rallies. We had less than 60 people in the tent in Luweero. Even waving at the people on the way, he feels so bad.”