Presidential hopeful, Mr Joseph Kabuleeta, will tomorrow Friday, August 14, 2020 be in Hoima, Bunyoro region to first visit his home region since he declared his bid for presidency.
Mr Kabuleeta is a Munyoro from Rwenkobe-Bujumbura in Hoima Oil City.
Preparations are underway for a procession that will meet at Kafu River before escorting him home in Hoima City.
Many local radio stations have booked in advance to have him appear and talk about his Reclaim Our Country and Kin (ROCK) movement and his message of financial liberation that is powering his bid.
Mr Kabuleeta is also expected to open ROCK offices in Hoima.
Bunyoro has for long been considered an NRM stronghold but Mr Kabuleeta’s visit as presidential candidate may easily and greatly tip the scales against the NRM.
NRM’s relationship with the region grows increasingly fragile with time as the Banyoro feel that for all the loyalty, the region has been literally abandoned by government leaving it trailing behind other regions in so many ways.
Earlier, in the week, NRM diehard Mr Sunday Byenkya sent shockwaves through the party when he abandoned NRM declaring that he will rally behind Mr Kabuleeta.
Mr Byenkya cited a number of unfulfilled promises by the NRM to the people of Bunyoro as his reason for changing sides.
With Mr Kabuleeta’s visit to Bunyoro, it is expected that more NRM and other party diehards will shift allegiance to the ROCK movement- the fact that it is all embracing and welcomes members from all parties is a big plus.
Since July 1, 2020, when Mr Kabuleta announced his presidential bid, he and his message of financial liberation have received overwhelming support with scores across the country saying they are a breath of fresh air in Ugandan politics.
Many Ugandans feel they have been “financially squeezed” for far too long and see only despair in the future, what with a government that continuously introduces new tax after new tax yet government spending keeps increasing.
“With the way things are going, soon the very air we breathe will be taxed,” joked a source I spoke to who requested anonymity, “but I have hope that with Mr Kabuleta things will be different”.
Another source, a young man I sat next to on a bus to Busia had this to say, “My two brothers, both graduates, went to the UK to do kyeyo and I was planning to do the same when Covid-19 struck. Things are tight man, my degree is gaining dust…” the source lamented, “but I will hang around until after elections because for the first time, I feel some hope in my heart that this country will see an economic turnaround”.
“He is the only person I feel can do it because he has clearly opened up to us about the wealth of Uganda and how it can be harnessed for our benefit. Those people (government) knew all this but no one said anything because they wanted it all for themselves. But the fact that Mr Kabuleta has trusted Ugandans with this “secret” information is proof enough that he does not want the gains for himself.”
With such positive voices out for Mr Kabuleta in other parts of Uganda, we can only hope that he will move out and set up ROCK offices in other regions as well.