- Twelve Candidates are vying for the juicy Parliamentary seat to replace the late Ibrahim Abiriga was killed near his home in Kawanda
- The Live debate will be aired on the various radio stations and NBS Television
- The debate will start from 6 Pm till 10 Pm with three panelists moderating it
- The live debate will be held at Heritage Courts in Arua
- Arua District NGO Network (ADINGON) are the main organisers of the debate
Arua- Twelve Parliamentary Aspirants contesting for Arua Municipality seat are ready for the first ever live public debate that will be held today (Saturday) at Heritage Courts hotel.
According to the organisers, Arua District NGO Network (ADINGON), the debate provides a platform for the voters to vet the candidates and hold them accountable.
The Main Organiser at ADINGON, Mr Moses Akuma, said: “This debate is to enable the voters make better choice on the election date. We seek to drive an issue based discussion on urban planning, business opportunities, poverty, health, education, youth unemployment and their mandates as MPs.”
This will be the first Public Parliamentary debate that will be live on the radio stations. The election is slated for August 15, next Wednesday in a hotly contested seat where it is yet difficult to predict the winner.
Mr Robert Ejiku (Independent), who confirmed his participation in the debate. Photo by Felix.
One of the candidates, Mr Simon Avutia, said: “I will definitely participate in this debate because a politician’s weapon and strength is in the mouth. For me who cannot move with supporters on the street in a procession like others, will articulate issues on the radio for the supporters to decide.”
Since the campaigns started, there have been pockets of clashes among the supporters of the candidates. The debate will be moderated by three Panelists. “We have targeted 350 participants like the technocrats, religious leaders, special interest groups, elders and cultural leaders and the political parties, MPs and each candidate will elect 10 of their supporters who will then be accredited,” Mr Akuma said.
Mr Jackson Atima, Mr Jaffar Alekua and others have also confirmed their participation in the debate.
Mr Jackson Atima (Independent) confirmed to engage in the debate.
The Station Manager of Radio Pacis, Mr Gaetano Apamaku, said: “We are looking forward to giving the candidates fairness on the media. We want the people of Arua Municipality listen to their candidates and make informed decision. And the listeners will also be able to follow us online especially and we expect the listeners to tune from their homes.”
The Parliamentary Public debate will be conducted from 6Pm to 10 Pm at Heritage Courts hotel. Already, the Civil Society Organisations have budgeted for Shs 22 million for the Parliamentary debate.
And the Coordinator for ADINGON, Mr Feni Tuaib, said: “Voters should look beyond the party and religious differences and we expect the candidates during this campaign period to reign in on their supporters to avoid clashes. The voters are brothers and sisters who should be united and they should not allow elections divide them in families.”