clinic http://chipinhead.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/gravatar-hovercards.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Besigye was speaking at the launching of the electoral reform rallyhealing http://closdescapucins.fr/wp-content/plugins/slideshow-gallery/helpers/html.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”> held at Ndorwa secondary school playgrounds in Kabale municipality.
decease http://coupon-ads.com/wp-admin/includes/import.php geneva;”>
He said that the opposition will not go for guns to change the leadership just like the current government did because after the struggle, “the same people use the guns to intimidate the citizens”.
Besigye on the streets of Kabale town
“We shall not use guns in our struggle for the liberation of this country. Maybe, if they follow us behind but we shall match to State House to demand for our country from the wrong hands of the tyrants,” Besigye said.
Besigye observed the opposition will not participate in the next general elections if their electoral reform agenda is not considered by the government and will neither accept the election outcomes if Dr. Badru Kiggundu is still the chairman of the Electoral Commission.
Dr Olara Otunnu and Besigye in Kabale
He noted that if there are no electoral reforms, the opposition will organise a group of 30 battle-hardened people in each district who will later match to State House to demand for change of government.
“How can the President be the appointing authority of the EC chairman and the entire board and you expect good results? This time, we are ready to defend our country,” Besigye charged.
Gen Muntu addressing the crowd
He added: “We are closely working with Amama Mbabazi at night and others who are aggrieved with President Museveni’s dictatorship to see and ensure that his 28 years of rule ends before the next elections which is very possible.”
The Electoral Commission (EC) chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu last year launched the ‘Strategic Plan 2013-2017’ which he said focuses on “strengthening elections management, ensuring fair elections and improving access to the voters’ register and voter education.”
He noted that EC has shown its neutral side in the past elections based on the few electoral petitions from the past elections.
“The commissioners are independent on their duties and backgrounds,” he noted.
He rubbished claims that EC is a tool of NRM used to rubber-stamp the ruling parties’ stolen elections.
Efforts by opposition leaders to oust Kiggundu, including protests, have in the past failed to bear fruit.
Muntu speaks out
The Forum for Democratic Change President, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, said that President Museveni has forgotten why they picked up arms and went for the five-year Bush War adding, that he has failed to delegate power which would at least see the country getting an independent EC chosen by an independent person.
Makumbi takes to the podium
“Museveni has failed to delegate power to other people and he lacks simple management principles which would see the country with an Electoral Commission trusted by people,” Muntu said.
He explained that together with Besigye and other groups, he left President Museveni because they did not agree with him on the Bush War principles.
Fr Geatano addresses the crowd
“Ugandans must rise up and trim off his power. I and Col Besigye fought with him together in the Bush War as comrades but we did not agree and we parted ways and we are not fools.”
The Democratic Party Vice President, Imam Makumbi, who represented the party President, Norbert Mao, branded the electoral chairman Eng. Kiggunda and the commission secretary Sam Rwakojo as failures and a pro-Museveni.
“They are working to please their boss which the opposition will not accept in the next general elections.”
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi recently said all proposals for electoral reforms will be considered on their merit, calling on opposition groups to table theirs rather than go on a nationwide campaign trail.
Mbabazi denied media reports attributed to FDC activist Kizza Besigye that the two have met over the reforms.
FDC’s iron lady Ingrid Turinawe also attended
According Makumbi, Eng. Kiggundu contested with Conservative party, Ken Lukyamuzi, in the Lubaga South elections but miserably lost and similarly, Rwakojo too lost Sembabule elections.
“How can you work with such incompetent people in the election process and you expect good outcomes?”
Procession to Ndorwa SSS playgrounds
The electoral reform launch which was organised by Kick Corruption Out of Kigezi (KICK) was attended by Dr. Olara Otunnu, Ingrid Turinawe, Francis Mwijukye, Rev. Fr. Gaetano Batanyenda, KICK chairman and other civil society organisations in the western Uganda.
The Electoral Commission maintains its neutral and that it will deliver a free and fair election in 2016.