Presidential candidate and maverick journalist-cum politician, Joseph Kabuleta has accused president Museveni of conspiring with the National covid taskforce to collect NINs of Ugandans during the food distribution programme. According to Kabuleta, the NINs are being incorporated into votes for Mr. Museveni by a team of IT experts encamped in Nakawa at Makerere University Business School. “So when the president recently said that he has dedicated his life to fighting vote rigging and has now procured a biometric system that will ensure a flawless election in 2021, my antennas went up and my search team went out. Then I learnt that at the same time he gave that speech, a group of 1000 youths were gathered in some kind of boarding school arrangement at MUBs in Nakawa and are feeding people’s personal data most of it collected during the food distribution process–into the new system. Each youth is paid 50k a day; but as is the problem with all things NRM, they tried to default on payment and the kids threatened to make noise. So they reduced the number to 500 and increased the pay to 100k a day. Secrecy is key,” writes Kabuleta.
He further adds, “So if you are one of the people who surrendered your National ID and voter registration details in exchange for posho and beans in April and May, don’t be surprised to learn that you involuntarily cast your ballot for the incumbent. As we speak, the old man might be approaching the 50% threshold even before the official campaigning starts. Only in Uganda!”
Important to recall is the fact that during the food distribution process, all citizens were asked to reveal their National IDs and their data would be collected and noted. Since then, it has been said that the National covid taskforce shared these details with the NRM party which opted to incorporate the same data into their own registers.