Kampala: A group of money lenders has written to the Electoral Commission today and asked them to conduct elections every year instead of holding them every 5 years. Using loans from money lenders during campaigns is an integral part of Ugandan democracy and results in a surge in profits from the interest during and after elections.
Even though the EC discourages candidates from using money to convince voters, a lot more money finds its way to the process and money lenders make profit either way.
After meeting the EC, the leader of the group, Mr Banja David addressed the press gathered outside. Explaining their demands, he said ,”We are not asking for annual elections only for our benefit, we are doing it to strengthen Ugandan democracy. Ugandans complain that their President and MPs disappear after elections and reappear only few months before the next election. If we have annual elections then these guys will have to work for the people and in their constituency all the time.”
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Furthermore, he added ,”During every election, whether it is Presidential, Municipality or even University guild elections, our profits go through the roof. This is beneficial for our economy as well. More we earn, more taxes we pay, more revenue for the government. It also generates jobs, not just in our offices but also court brokers and debt collectors who help us recover our money by seizing all property of our
victims clients. Annual elections will ensure a huge reduction in the biting unemployment bug in Uganda.”
When we asked who will fund these annual elections, Mr Banja said ,”Come on, we are also responsible citizens. As part of our Corporate Social responsibility, we will fund these elections. In return, EC must hold elections annually for every possible position Uganda.”
When Amawulire asked an opposition MP his opinion on annual elections, he said ,”Won’t make any difference. I am in campaign mode all the time anyway.” while an MP from the ruling party refused to comment after suspecting our reporter to be a court broker who had come to arrest him for failure to pay back a loan he got in the last elections.