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Museveni to stake 65bn/= on 2011 race

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    NRM candidates to swim in money.
    . MP candidate - Shs 30m

    . Woman MP candidate - Shs 50m

    . LC-V chair candidate - Shs 50m

    . Mayoral candidate - Shs 70m

    . District councilor- Shs 1m

    . LC-III chairperson- Shs 1m

    . Sub-county councilor- Shs 300,000

    . LC-I chairperson - Shs 100,000

    The ruling party, NRM, has unveiled an eyebrow-raising Shs 28.8 billion campaign budget to fund its parliamentary and local council candidates for the general elections in 2011. The budget for the party’s presidential candidate is still being discussed, but our sources say it is likely to be even bigger than the Shs 15 billion the President spent to campaign for re-election in 2006.

    With a delegates’ conference planned for early next year, at a cost of Shs10 billion, and primaries budgeted for Shs 5.7 billion – the total cost of the ruling party’s elections and related activities will jump to Shs44.5 billion, excluding the presidential candidate’s campaign. In 2006, President Yoweri Museveni’s election task force spent Shs15 billion in addition to what was spent by the other unofficial party campaign centres. With the cost of living rising tremendously over the last three years, the ruling party will most certainly spend much more than it did in 2006.

    If the NRM say decide to spend an extra Shs 5 billion on the presidential candidate’s campaign –bringing the cost of Museveni’s re-election bid to Shs 20 billion, it would push the party’s total estimated expenditure to a whopping Shs 64.5 billion. That means that the ruling party will spend on its campaigns about Shs 22 billion more than the Shs 43.2 billion annual budget for all regional referral hospitals in the country. The NRM budget is also about Shs 23 billion higher than the Shs 41.9 billion allocated to the national referral hospital, Mulago, to treat more than 140,000 patients this financial year.