Independent candidate Prof Venansious Baryamureba has expressed worry that the ongoing presidential campaigns are likely to slow down the national economy.
The former Makerere University Vice Chancellor says it is sad that many young people have devoted more time to following campaign trails instead of engaging in productive activities.
The first progress report by the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring released early this month indicated that many people have abandoned their routine economic activities to wait for money or gifts dished out by politicians at consultative meetings and campaign rallies.
Citizens Election Observers Network warns that if this trend continues, the national economy may experience inflationary tendencies in particular districts where the spending is being done.
Prof Barya who has suspended public rallies and opted for the online strategy says campaigns should not deprive Ugandans of their precious productive time.
Meanwhile, presidential campaigns continue today with the NRM’s Yoweri Museveni set to address resident of Apac and Kole districts.
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer Dr. Kiiza Besigye is heading to Lwengo district, while its rest day for independent candidate Amama Mbabazi.
The other presidential candidates too continue traversing different parts of the country with Independent Retired Maj Gen Benon Biraro expected to address rallies in the Eastern districts of Sironko, Bulambuli and Mbale.
Dr Abedi Bwanika will be in Jinja town, independents Joseph Mabirizi and Kyalya Walube will be taking their joint campaigns to Luuka and Namutumba districts.
Story By Stephen Mbidde