By Munini Mulera
Fred Ruhindi, the Attorney General of Uganda, who lives in the Bugolobi Flats in Kampala, seems to be enjoying the campaign for re-election as the NRM flag bearer for the Nakawa area Constituency. Here is what a very trusted source in Bugolobi (Kampala) told me minutes ago:
“This morning the Attorney General of Uganda had over 100 Ugandans waiting for him to get out of his house. As I set out for my drive to ………., one creative elder already had a loud speaker calling on all who cared to listen to turn out massively and vote for Ruhindi. By the time I returned, an hour later, a crowd had formed and Ruhindi himself was holding the same loud speaker, addressing “his people”. They soon started lining up to receive Sh. 10,000 each.”
My friend continued: “This is the same scene that awaits the gentleman every morning. The voters start arriving as early as 6.00 am and while the more bold ones go up to his flat, others wait outside in the parking lot. Men, women, youth and children. We must pray for our country. I keep asking, how did we get here?”
For the record, The going rate in the Kabale NRM supermarket is Sh.1,000 per vote. I hear the votes in Mparo, Rukiga are discounted and candidates can get bargains at Sh.500 per promised vote. Folks, what is the cash price for the NRM votes in your neck of the woods?
BTW, Uganda Sh.10,000 today = $2.73 US