Besigye: If I lose elections on Thursday…


Besigye addresses press at his home in Kasangati on Tuesday

FDC Flag bearer Dr. Kizza Besigye says he will continue with the struggle if he loses 2016 elections slated for this Thursday February 18.

Besigye made the remarks while addressing press at his home in Kasangati on Tuesday morning.

“We had the popular support to win all elections we have previously participated in,” Besigye said.

He said no single poll is credible done in an environment with intimidation.

Besigye who has stood against President Yoweri Museveni three times [2001, 2006, 2011 and now 2016] says he is not power hungry but rather struggling for democracy.

Besigye maintained he has won all the past elections but claims he was rigged out.

Half of Supreme Court judges wanted to overturn results in 2001, 2006 following petitions (3-2, 4-3 respectively).

“Those who will interfere with this election are likely to cause us problems given the public’s keenness on change.”

Dr Besigye says he has not previously seen the kind of support he has seen this electoral season.

Banning of phones on polling stations

Besigye also lashed at electoral commission boss, Badru Kiggundu, for banning phones on polling stations.

Addressing election observers at hotel Africana on Monday, Kiggundu said anyone can take a photograph outside the polling station but not within the polling station

Kiggundu told journalists that phones and cameras are not allowed in the precincts of polling stations.

He said this rule covers everybody including the local and international observers who are in the country to witness and report whether the principles of democracy are being respected in the electoral process.

Kiggundu added that they had got information that some candidates had set up their separate tally centers to count their vote.

He warned these of not interfering with the work of the body since it’s only one mandated to announce the final result.

According to Besigye, every Ugandan should carry and use their phone to guard their vote and promptly share occurrences at polling stations.

“The presence of mobile phones will be a great deterrent to those planning to rig the elections.”

Besigye invited the East African Community and Africa at large to engage to ensure that Uganda elections are credible.

He said Kiggundu doesn’t have powers to ban use of phones at polling stations asking every Ugandan should carry and use their phone.

“Mobile phones are helpful in ensuring the credibility, transparency of the election and results. This is not 1980.”

“The demographics don’t tally with Electoral Commission records. We are supposed to be 38 million and EC has more than 15 million registered voters.”

Kampala violence

On yesterday’s violence, Besigye said he doesn’t feel responsible for the violence that happened in Kampala.

He asked security officers to act judiciously.

“Uganda is bigger than the commander-in-chief. The Commander-In-Chief must respect the constitution.”

He said UPDF and police officers have a unique and critical role in ensuring that Uganda gets a peaceful transition.

Besigye said he was arrested yesterday contrary to Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, who said Monday Besigye was neither arrested nor detained.

“In two days, we will have something new in this country, something all Ugandans will be proud of.”

He told EC officials that although they don’t want to hear it but “the law makes you our servants not masters as you want to be seen”.

He said his support has increased seen from the gifts being given by supporters wherever he goes.

Confident that he will win Thursday polls, Besigye said the NRM regime is now panicking hence the ugly scenes that saw his supporters injured and one of them [Elias Kwesiga] shot dead in Wandegeya.

“It is a shame that one young man lost his lifewhich the police have acknowledged (to have killed. We shall mourn him as a hero of change. Time is up and Ugandans are ready for change,” Besigye said.


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