Opposition groups called for a boycott of the presidential election.
Uganda has suspended all campaigning for the January presidential election in the capital and 10 most populous districts. But point out the dangers of coronavirus. Critics say the popularity of the opposition in those areas is the real reason.
East Africa is set to hold presidential elections on January 14.
“The Independent Electoral Commission has suspended campaign meetings in districts and cities designated by the Ministry of Health. Campaign meetings will not be held in Mbarara, Kabarole, Luwero, Kasese, Masaka, Wakiso, Jinja, Kalungu, Kazo, Kampala City and Tororo from December 26, commission spokesman Paul Bukenya said on Saturday.
In Uganda, 33,360 COVID-19 infections and 245 deaths have been reported.
Bobi Wine, a pop singer and politician named Robert Kyagulanyi, has been in power since 1986 under 76-year-old President Yoweri Museveni.
Bobby wine is popular among young people in the country. Many of his supporters say he was attracted to the Munibani government because of his criticism of his writings. Others say that as a young leader he is in a better position to deal with the challenges they face.
Three people were killed in protests last month. Bobi Wine in the east of the country Coronavirus oppose measures after arrest during fueling for breach happened.
Bobby Wei said on Twitter after the commission’s action was “courageous” after the announcement. They were amazed at the tremendous enthusiasm and support we received throughout the country. They could not believe what would happen if our people were allowed to gather in these places. ”
He made plans for next week in Kampala.
The ruling National Revolutionary Movement has no problem with campaign suspensions. Party spokesman Roger Mulindwa told Reuters that they believed the commission had decided to save the lives of Ugandans.
To avoid the spread of the virus, the Electoral Commission has limited its campaign to more than 200 people.