Ruling party chairman who is also the president of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has once again come under public attacks after controversially donating ambulance a head of election. The president gave the donation of ambulance to Njeru Municipality in Buikwe District few days to election.
During his campaign trail for NRM mayoral candidate Mr. Yasin Kyazze this week on Monday, the president was informed by the area leaders that the new municipality does not have any functional ambulance. The president in his speech promised to donate them an ambulance after the election.
However, after opposition leaders led by Dr Kizza Besigye went to areas to campaign for opposition flagbearers at different elective positions, Museveni changed his mind and donated the ambulance to Mr Yasin Kyazze who is NRM candidate instead of donating it to the hospital.
The presidential donation of ambulance Reg No. UG 4648 M came on Wednesday 25 July two days to the polling date.
Dr. Ruth Acheng the minister in charge of Minister for Health who delivered the told the resident during the hand over ceremony that the president heard Mr Kyazze complaint and acted swiftly to donate the ambulance despite the fact that the ambulance issue not raised to the president by him.
Other aspirants in the area came out to condemn the action urging it is an act of bribery. They said the president should have deliver the ambulance on Saturday or any other day since it is not far from now.
Amos Kivumbi, an FDC mayoral candidate said the act is against Electoral laws wondering at what capacity the president handed over the ambulance to Kyazze who is currently not holding any office in Njeru municipality in particular and Bwikwe district at large.
An independent Caesar Kalema said the president act was to induce and divert the voters away from them urging that president realized his party was losing in the area and hurriedly donated the ambulance in what he said is politically motivated move. He was surprised that, for the first time he saw presidential pledge being delivered within one day. Kalema wondered if the ambulance had already been bought earlier because it came when it was already branded in the names of Njeru municipality.
This is the second time presidential donation caused public uproars. In March this year the president donated over items and money worth 5 billion shillings in Rukungiri but the party candidate Winnie Matsiko later lost the election.