ZOMBO. Residents of Zombo district have started to feel the breeze of the 2021 general elections with would be candidates holding what the office of the district registrar Zombo has termed as illegal campaigns.
The most eyed political positions include; the district chair and parliamentary seats.
The politically thirsty men and women were recently spotted in parts of Okoro and Ora constituencies holding campaigns and consultative meetings to unseat the three members of parliament including the woman MP and the district chairman among others.
Forthwith, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Zombo, Mr. Andrew Kajoying issued warnings threatening to cause the arrest of anyone found holding campaigns before the official date to be communicated by the electoral commission.
He said it is time for work and for that matter, the incumbents should be allowed to do their work without distractions because there will be ample time for rallies and other political engagements prior to the polls.
Kajoyingi without mentioning names said those violating the road up for 2021 general elections will be brought to book.
The state minister for Northern Uganda also Zombo district woman Member of Parliament Ms. Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny said during the recent international women’s day celebrations organized by the district in Akaa Sub County that early threats posed by their rivals are diverting their focus especially that of the electorate.
Kwiyocwiny called for unity and reaffirmed her intention to again contest for the Woman Member of Parliament seat regardless of who is coming to face her.
"It's very discouraging because the time has not come but there are already people facing us as if we are not doing anything for our community", she said.
Similarly, the chairman Zombo district Mr. John Birombo Orwiny said it is too early to talk politics because they are still left with some time to serve the people who elected them.
He implored those seeking to join the race to be patient saying the incumbents are equally charged for the same.
"Wait for us to finish what we are doing up to the time of nominations because it does not make sense for our opponents to go tarnishing our reputation before the electorate outside the campaign schedule", he lamented.
The district Registrar Zombo, Mr. Emanuel Ogwang said the electoral commission has not done nominations for any candidate and those campaigning at a wrong time risk disqualification if found guilty.
"What we need is the evidence so that the commission takes appropriate measures", he warned.
According to the preliminary 2020-2021 general elections roadmap, parliamentary campaigns will begin on Sunday 16th August 2020 after the nomination of candidates which is slated for Wednesday, 12th August 2020.