Besigye ignores Museveni, plans his own swearing in




Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] says plans are in high gear to have its candidate Kizza Besigye take oath as the president of Uganda.

On Monday police stormed FDC offices in Najjanankumbi and arrested the party deputy secretary general Harold Kaija who was going to address press on the progress of the upcoming ceremony.

Kampala Regional Police Commander Andrew Kaggwa ordered journalists to leave the premises saying it was a crime scene.

Kaija told press Besigye would be sworn in on May 12 when President Yoweri Museveni will be taking oath at Kololo.

Besigye has tabled 23 pieces of evidence of election fraud on social media claiming to have won the elections with 52%.

However, presidency minister Frank Tumwebaze laughed off the idea of swearing in Besigye as a joke.

He said the swearing in ceremony in is a constitutionally mandated event strictly for the elected candidate who is Museveni.

He described Besigye as a loser who is “addicted to illegalities like the defiance campaign which aims at destruction not developing Uganda”.

The swearing in is constitutionally only done by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe who will be at Kololo Independence Grounds on that day.

It is not clear who will administer oath on behalf of Besigye.

Ex-candidates shun Museveni ceremony

Government has invited former contenders in the February 2016 elections to attend Museveni’s swearing ceremony slated for Thursday.

They are; PDP’s Dr Abed Bwanika and John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, his former Prime minister, Benon Biraro, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, a former Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Maureen Kyalya Walube and Joseph Elton Mabirizi.

Besigye told K-FM that he has not received the invite and that he cannot attend such a ceremony.

Abed Bwanika of the People’s Development Party and Joseph Mabirizi also accused government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo seeking media attention by claiming he sent them invitations.


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