Besigye gives Museveni reforms ultimatum



“We give Parliament and government up September 18, 2015 to respond to our Electoral Reforms demands,” FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, announced Friday.

Besigye was addressing press at the party headquarters in Najjanjkumbi.

He said they will not boycott the forthcoming elections but will continue demanding for reforms.

The opposition and some sections of the civil society have been pushing for a number of constitutional and electoral reforms, but the Constitutional Amendments Bill 2015 was recently passed without consideration of any of their proposals.

Some of the proposed amendments include the disbandment and reconstitution of the current electoral commission.

They also demand that the electoral process be demilitarized.

Besigye has always insisted that there can never be free and fair elections if President Yoweri Museveni is the referee and a player at the same time.

Besigye says its futile taking part in an election which Museveni has already won since he employs the electoral commission.

“The electoral commission will try to please their boss in 2016,” Besigye told an FDC meeting this week.

Today, he said by October 18, government should have responded as far as reforms are concerned and if not, a team including Democratic Pary president, Norbert Mao, and Jeema president, Asuman Basalirwa, will start a mass civil disobedience until they take power.

“Ugandans are held captive by a military dictatorship and our struggle will ensure that power returns to the people.”

He called on citizens to wake up and fight for their freedom.

Speaking at the same news conference, the FDC national chairman, Wasswa Biriggwa, said their proposal for dialogue on the proposed electoral reforms stands and they await a response from govt.

The party has been divided on the matter with the current president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu pushing for elections with or without reforms, while the FDC flag bearer says there should be no elections without reforms.

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