Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, has been nominated by the Uganda electoral commission as a presidential candidate in the 2016 general elections.
Besigye was proposed and seconded by Oneka Lit Ameere and Nulu Nakalema, before the EC boss, Badru Kiggundu, at Namboole stadium.
In Besigye’s entourage was FDC president, Mugisha Muntu, Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, FDC Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu, Kampala Woman MP, Nabilah Sempala, among others.
After verifying his papers, Kiggundu declared Besigye duly nominated to run as a presidential candidate in 2016 elections.
He was given a flag as a symbol and promise of peace during campaigns. He was also given a police vehicle and policemen to provide him with security.
Besigye will be standing for the fourth time against President Yoweri Museveni.
He stood against Museveni in 2001, 2006 and 2011 elections losing three times to the incumbent.
After nomination, Besigye addressed press outside Namboole before heading to Nakivubo stadium in Kampala for a public rally.
Besigye’s vision of a new Uganda
While address press, Besigye said it was a unique moment for him to be nominated by an electoral commission that he protests.
He said the current EC is not credible enough calling for an independent electoral commission.
“I have nothing against Kiggundu and his team but with the institution they serve,” Besigye said.
He said while they wrote to EC to be nominated yesterday, Kiggundu instead gave the day to President Yoweri Museveni.
“We should have been nominated one month ago but you saw changes in Parliament and signing of new laws at dawn.”
He said this was because the NRM had no candidate at the time and had the process continued, Museveni would not have been nominated as a presidential candidate.
“The current EC is still Museveni’s walking stick. It doesn’t serve the interests of Ugandans.”
Besigye said their campaign is about liberating the power and handing it back to the people, “the taking back of our country”.
“This is a campaign of defiance not compliance. We cannot comply with a dictatorship.”
He said the FDC is ready to transform the country so institutions “which have been monopolised by Museveni” can serve all the people.
“This is not a campaign of us asking power from the people, people have no power to give now.”