The youngest presidential candidate John Katumba, 24, has cried out to the Electoral Commission to assist him with meeting the feeding expenses of the four police bodyguards who were allocated to him on Tuesday after nominations.
Katumba says since he has paid his hard earned UGX 20m, it is now obligatory for Justice Simon Byabakama to use part of that money to meet the feeding expenses of the four police escorts. “I don’t have money to feed these officers. Why can’t the EC use part of my money to feed them?,” Katumba asks. “I cannot even afford to fuel the lead car. I need another car because the super custom is not even mine. They are soon taking it away from me,” he adds.
Katumba warns that he will be forced to use a Boda Boda to conduct his campaign if the EC does not add him a vehicle. “I will hire a Boda Boda if the EC does not respond to my cry on time,” Katumba threatens.
The EC Chairperson Byabakama however says it is out of his jurisdiction to facilitate the allocated security detail. “My role is to ensure safety of the candidates and that is all. We are not responsible for the feeding or welfare of the bodyguards” Byabakama said.
Katumba gained public traction on the first nomination day when he abandoned his punctured vehicle on the road and took to his feet to run to the venue only to be bounced for lacking the proof of payment receipts. He was granted an extra chance and got successfully nominated after securing a TIN number and got sorted by the bank.