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 By Mulengera Reporter

Watchman Ministries Pastor Joseph Kiiza Kabuleta says he has informed the Justice Simon Byabakama-led Electoral Commission (EC) communicating his interest in challenging President Yoweri Museveni in next year’s presidential poll.

Kabuleta recently sued the EC over a revised roadmap for 2021 elections under which political rallies would be banned. (See: PASTOR JOSEPH KABULETA SUES EC BOSS BYABAKAMA OVER SCIENTIFIC ELECTION ROADMAP).

On Wednesday, Kabuleta announced his interest in running for president with a pledge for financial liberation by ensuring equitable distribution of resources Uganda was “richly endowed with by the creator.” He enumerated the country’s wealth which he vowed to ensure benefits all the people in case they elect him to the highest office in the land.

“Uganda is blessed in the air with a friendly climate and incredible weather; blessed on the ground with half of East Africa’s arable land and blessed beneath the ground with rich extractives which include 27 different minerals spawned across the country in commercially viable quantities, as well as billions of barrels of explored oil with a lot more to be explored,” explained Kabuleta.

“In the next few years, Uganda will become a proper oil producing nation, churning out in excess of 260,000 barrels of crude per day and the mining industry will take off in earnest. With proper investment, according to a recent World Bank report, the same period could see Uganda’s Tourism sector pull in an annual revenue of $10bn, about three times its current input.”

But whereas this would mean that Uganda is headed for “a golden era,” the pastor warned that if people choose Museveni again, “most Ugandans will simply be observers rather than partakers in this wealth distribution” because “there is a ceiling that has been built over the decades that separates the privileged few at the apex of the income pyramid from everyone else, including the middleclass, who for so long have been feeding off the crumbs that fell through.”

“That ceiling, however, becomes less porous every passing year and the people below it become increasingly desperate. But now we stand up to Reclaim Our Country and Kin (ROCK) and we are here to break that ceiling; to create a system that will guarantee that the wealth of Uganda will belong to all Ugandans, not just a select few who perpetuate themselves in power for that very purpose,” he said.

Well known for his stint as a sports writer, his 2017 action of kissing the shoes of Prophet Elvis Mbonye, and for his rants against members of President Yoweri Museveni’s family, Kabuleta rallied Ugandans to vote him because “a vote for us is a vote for financial liberation; a vote to break the ceiling.”

“That vote will, for every Ugandan, be a first step towards a country of our dreams; one in which government is our ally rather than our tormentor; a country where wealth is fully harnessed and equitably shared. A Uganda where growth will not just be figures flying out of budget speeches, but will be a formidable force in our pockets,” he added.

Besides Kabuleta, more than 40 Ugandans have already expressed their interest in running for the country’s highest office. They include former security minister Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde, musician and MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, Moses Byamugisha and Charles Rwomushana.

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