RUKIGA WOMAN MP CANDIDATE CLAIMS MTN MAST OWNERSHIP
By Richard Akandwanaho
Drama ensued yesterday 13th August 2017 during the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party joint campaigns in Kashambya sub county, Rukiga District when Alice Basobokwe and Caroline Kamusiime Muwhezi clashed over the ownership of MTN mast in the area.
Basobokwe and Kamusiime are among the candidates who are aspiring for the seat of the Woman Member of Parliament for Rukiga district. Other aspiring candidates on the same seat are; Victoria Abigail Atukunda, Maureen Kyarisiima, Pamela Kyomugisha Kihumuro and Charity Twongeirwe Ainebyoona.
Denis Willy Nkwasiibwe, Dr.Alexander Kampikaho and Jackson Asiimwe Rwamwehare are also contesting for the seat of the District chairperson.
However, drama unfolded when Alice Basobokwe was given a platform to campaign before the voters but instead started accusing her opponent Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi for claiming the ownership of the MTN mast that was constructed in Bucundura hills Kashambya sub county in July this year.
Basobokwe expressed surprise as to why Kamusiime hoodwinks voters by claiming ownership of the MTN mast yet it belongs to an independent company. Basobokwe says that Kamusiime’s trick is intended to divert voters from voting a leader who can foster development.
Basobokwe was backed by Julius Ainebyoona; one of the voters from Bucundura parish in kashambya Sub County who also accused Kamusiime of claiming the Mast ownership in the area yet MTN Company decided to construct it following the continuous lobbying by the office of the area sub county chairperson.
In her response, Kamusiime insisted to have played a big role towards the construction of the Mast in the area after realizing that locals were facing communication problem due to lack of network. She also says that she played a big role to the extent of contributing her personal money towards the project.
Ali Lubowa, the area MTN manager for Kabale district clarified to our reporter on phone that the company is the one that decided on where to construct the Mast after studying the area and got convinced that it could make profits.
Other candidates at the rally promised to advocate for the upgrading of education, infrastructure and health sectors.