Officials at the National Unity Platform (NUP) party have expressed dissatisfaction over the numerous violent incidents and deaths that were registered during the recently concluded National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries.
Led by Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the party president, NUP reasserted that it’s time for President Museveni and his regime to step down since they cannot even manage their own internal party elections.
“You all saw the open day rigging of votes and this was followed by persistent violence. A whole government minister Mwesigwa Rukutana was seen pulling up a gun to kill people,” Kyagulanyi retorted.
Kyagulanyi made the remarks during the weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kamwokya where other officials questioned the likely authenticity of the general elections “if the ruling party elections can be marred with such violence and deaths.”
“About seven people lost their lives in these polls, they are using the gun poorly, for example, Sipapa fired bullets at our people in Kamwokya, we condemn that and this shows the inconsistency of this government,” he noted.
Kyagulanyi challenged President Museveni to organize a free and fair election, if he thinks that he (Museveni) has the support he claims to have.
“Museveni came out chest thumping about purportedly winning the SIGs election against the party which has spent less than two months. I want to challenge you Museveni to organise a free and fair election if you really think that you have the support you claim,” Kyagulanyi added.
Joel Ssenyonyi, the party spokesperson said that violence is caused by corruption and incompetent election officers which needs an immediate solution by the independent Electoral Commission.
“People invest a lot in politics, they invest money, time. It’s our demand that the government should organise a completely free and fair elections come 2021,” he noted.
Ssenyonyi said that the claims made by some NRM members that NUP members participated in the NRM polls is the confession by the ruling government that NUP is everywhere.
“As NUP, we did not send anybody to participate in the NRM polls but according to what I heard, the NRM chairperson himself opened doors to everyone to vote. But also, they have been saying that NUP is in Kampala alone. Such statements confirm that we are very where not in Kampala alone as they have been saying,” he said.
Kyagulanyi also condemned what he called continued double standards that he said are deployed in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
“Hundreds and thousands of NRM members gathered in their primaries moreover guarded by police. Yesterday our comrades led by Aisha Kabanda were brutally arrested and dispersed in Masaka. We condemn these double standards,” he said.
On Selection of Candidates
Ssenyonyi rubbished claims that a list of the flag bearers had been leaked. He said that the process is ongoing and free from corruption.
“The NUP card is free of charge. Never should you attempt to give a bribe and likewise you should not at any point receive a bribe to get or give the card,” he noted.
David Lewis Rubongoya, the party Secretary General reasserted that the party has empowered the Elections Management Committee led by Aisha Walukamba to take over the elections process.
“Where we have two candidates demanding for one card, we shall carry out a vetting process and we shall also send people on ground to see who have more support and they will also appear before the committee. And lastly, no corruption attempt will be tolerated,” he noted.
On Firing Mukaku
Kyagulanyi also rubbished claims that the party fired Lubega Mukaku, the former Chairperson of the Internal Party Election committee.
The committee replaced Mukaku with Aisah Walukamba.
“Comrade Mukakau was not fired, he was only redeployed somewhere we deemed necessary to serve the party,” Kyagulanyi said.