Besigye: Lukwago defiance winning


Besigye in Kaliro district

FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, has condemned the arrest of Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago.

Lukwago was intercepted by police while leaving his home to go to electoral commission offices for nomination.

He was arrested and detained at Naggalama police station in Mukono.

Besigye says these incidents were expected of Uganda’s police force.

Besigye’s statement:

I was made aware immediately by my aides of the sad events that happened in Kampala yesterday, well that was quite obviously expected.

In the course of this electoral process, we are going to have similar incidents because, first of all, we have in place an incompetent and partisan Electoral Commission.

The Electoral Commission has already made blunders and caused confusion by dancing to the tunes of the dictatorship, its evident they are preoccupied with changing the rules of the game in the middle of the game.

The changing of the electoral laws in the middle of the election is illegal, hence the Electoral Commission has become a willing partner in commission of these illegalities.

Therefore for the electoral commission to issue a statement stopping the nomination and election of the Lord Mayor on mere speculation that the laws are being amended is utterly disgraceful and questionable.

The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was duly elected but the dictatorship and police have in most cases with violence obstructed him from serving the people who elected him.

Therefore in accordance to the philosophy of my campaign of wining by defiance, I not only condemn the actions of the Executive, the Electoral Commission and the Police who continue to commit crimes, but will shall rally the citizens to resist them.

The attack on journalists is deplorable and criminal act, it must stop.

The perpetrators must know that they will be answerable individually or collectively.

In the demonstration of civil disobedience through the now empowered citizens the Junta was able to rescind their intention to block the nomination of Lord Mayor Lukwago.

I recognize that the refusal by the Lord Mayor and his supporters to surrender to the dictator is the first victory of our strategy of winning by defiance and not by compliance.

Therefore in winning by defiance and not compliance, I urge whole the forces of pro-democracy, pro- change and above all the people of Kampala to turn up and offer massive support to the Lord mayor Erias Lukwago as he goes in for his nomination tomorrow the 18th November.

We shall move on with the strategy, sensitize the whole country and we shall ultimately liberate ourselves.

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