Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Kiiza Besigye, alongside other activists, has launched a new political platform demanding for electoral reforms.
The launch occurred this afternoon at Katonga road based offices in Kampala.
Also present were; the Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, and Jeema party President, Asuman Basalirwa, among other activists.
Speaking on the occasion, Basalirwa said this is not a struggle for elections but that they “are campaigning for a free and fair election.”
Lukwago, in his turn, said a number of court judgements have declared that the Electoral Commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu, is a fraudster.
He said it explained why he has continued to hold unfair elections over the years favouring the ruling party, NRM.
“We are going to stop Kiggundu from organising a sham election,” said Lukwago.
Lukwago called upon all citizens to put pressure on their MPs to fight the current election bill so the country can return to the path of democracy.
“Several electoral reform proposals have been sent to Parliament by us but have yielded nothing.”
“Unless we act, the 2016 elections are already rigged and will drag Uganda into another state of bloodshed.”
Lukwago demanded for a new voters’ register to be made by a new Independent electoral commission so that even Ugandans abroad can register.
Besigye, on the other hand, said they (opposition) will not accept the reforms recently published by Parliament in its gazette saying most of their proposals had been ignored.
He said the reforms tabled by government don’t reflect the will of the people and that they would engage in a series of activities to pressurise Parliament and ensure the published reforms are not adopted.
Saying electoral reforms was not a simple matter as government makes it seem, Besigye reminded President Yoweri Museveni that himself went to the bush in 1980 over rigged elections.
“Mr. Museveni went to the bush and left there 500,000 corpses in Luweero.”
“People’s livelihoods depend on elections because it is their voice. You all saw violence in Kenya, Burundi, DRC over elections,” he stated.
He said all the power lies in the hands of the citizens but they are not concerned or aware or they angry but don’t know what to do.
“Our Constitution allows for only one type of election-A Free and Fair Election,” he noted adding that he was disappointed with the section of the media who distort their reform campaign.
“We are now not appealing to government and Parliament again because they have no interest in the country,” he stated.
He said the Electoral Commission itself was fake, its officials unqualified and operating under fake laws the reason why it would dare degazette voters register.
“For last 52 years, we have not had any credible election.”
Appearing on NTV recently, Besigye said elections in Uganda have led to wars because no single leader has ever handed over power peacefully.
“Ugandans must all be concerned about the elections. We can’t afford to once again have a sham election.”
“All our efforts must be focused on that so that there is no more rigging. We must have a free and fair election and nothing.”
The retired Colonel who has stood against Museveni several times says “enough is enough”.
He says there should be electoral reforms now.
Only this morning, a local radio, KFM held an opinion poll seeking to gauge who Ugandans were to elect if the polls went down today.
At the end of the session, the First son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba got no vote, First Lady, Janet Kataaha got no vote, FDC President, Mugisha Muntu got 1 vote, Gen David Sejusa got 2 votes, UPC strongman, Olara Otunnu got 5 votes, DP’s Nobert Mao got 6 votes, former Premier, Amama Mbabazi got 7 votes, Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga 11, President Yoweri Museveni picked 30 votes while Besigye led with 90 votes.
Although contested by many as (not being conclusive), the poll suggested that Besigye is still Uganda’s favourite.