A group of youths has launched a mobile application that they said will be used to campaign for President Museveni in the forthcoming general elections.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday, the group identifying themselves as Museveni Supporters Association launched the My Sevo application.
“We think this is going to be a game-changer in the forthcoming election. It will be a tool for President Museveni’s scientific campaigns where he will transmit his messages to the population,” said Ian Gumisiriza, the group’s chairperson.
“Members of the public and supporters will not be waiting for television and radio to get the president’s message but rather at their own convenience, the message will be got.”
The group noted that the mobile application will have Museveni’s achievements since 1986 when he captured power but also a provision for supporters to have their questions answered.
“We will have a section of Museveni jokes where members of the public will relieve their stress. We have not seen a better mode of carrying out the president’s scientific campaigns than this application,”Gumisiriza said.
In the past, a number of initiatives have been formed and on several occasions, most of them have targeted funds from President Museveni especially towards elections.
On almost all occasions, the initiatives have died a natural death after getting money .
However, the Museveni Supporters Association group members said the initiative is meant to contribute to the president’s campaigns.
“On many occasions, we have seen opposition politicians getting money and other donations from their supporters. This is our time to donate to the president by collecting proceeds from the sale of items like boots, jumpers, t-shirts, caps and many others and forward them to fund his campaigns,” said Joseph Kakooza, the group’s spokesperson.
Whereas many, especially social media commentators have branded them schemers, the group members insisted that they have done it out of their love for President Museveni.
Speaking at the launch, Ambrose Tumwesigye from the office of the NRM national chairman in Kyambogo hailed the youths for the innovation that he said will ease their work.
“As the office of the NRM national chairman, we are happy for the initiative that is aimed at reaching out to the public, especially in the forthcoming elections. It is an added advantage to our efforts,” Tumwesigye said.
“In this digital inclusion era, it will ease the president’s work and has come at the right time.”
The development comes on the backdrop of guidance from the Electoral Commission that noted that candidates will this time not be allowed to hold mass rallies while canvasing votes in the forthcoming election.
However, they will use media platforms including radios, tvs and social media to reach out to voters, a move that has seen several politicians brace themselves for the race.
A number of them have since opened up social media accounts to engage with voters ahead of elections next year.