Bishop Ssemogerere Cautions Candidates Against Foul Language

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According to Bishop Ssemogerere, despite the fact that the Votability campaign appears to have had some impact, some voters could be discouraged by the foul language used by the political actors.

Right Reverend Paul Ssemogerere, the Bishop of Kasana-Luweero Catholic Diocese has warned that that use of abusive language in campaigns ahead of the 2016 elections is likely to worsen voter apathy.  Voter apathy is lack of interest by voters in an election.

Delivering his Christmas homily in a fully packed Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral at Kasana-Luweero, Bishop Ssemogerere expressed concern about the use of ‘unfriendly' language and threats by some candidates especially in the presidential campaigns.  

He said such language is likely to water down the impact of the "Votability" campaign that was launched by Civil Society Organizations [CSO's] to encourage voters to participate in the elections.  

According to Bishop Ssemogerere, despite the fact that the "Votability" campaign appears to have had some impact, some voters could be discouraged by the foul language used by the political actors.
 
He appeals to candidates at all levels to desist from using foul language and uttering intimidating statements but focus on what they intend to do for the voters once they are elected into office. Brenda Nabukenya, the Luweero Woman MP and FDC chairman Absolomon Bwanika Bbaale supported the Bishop's warning.  
 
Luganda Audio

//Cue in: "Omukulembeze w'eggwanga………………
Cue Out: …………….okumunafuya."
 
English Audio

//Cue in: "Of course……………………………
Cue out…respect one another." //
 
The voter turnout has kept dropping since the 1996 general elections. In 1996, the voter turn up was 72 percent, it dropped to 70 percent in 2001, 69 percent in 2006 and 58 percent in 2011.