FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, has revealed that the opposition will participate in 2016 “fraudulent” elections.
Besigye was addressing press at the Katonga road based opposition offices in Kampala on Thursday morning.
“We will participate in a fraudulent election and win the fraudulent election,” he said, quickly adding, “We participate not to comply with the oppressors but to defy them.”
Besigye said as opposition, they are now engaged in a process of sensitising Ugandans to regain their power.
To do so, he noted, people must first realise that they are powerless to decide the destiny of Uganda and there they must invoke self-belief and confidence to fight the dictatorship.
He said the Independent Uganda is an embarrassment and a humiliation to Ugandans.
“Ugandans are powerless, lack basic social amenities, poor, less educated and lack skills to engage in production. They lack control over their taxes and expenditures and natural resources.”
According to Besigye, in the last quarter of the century, the biggest form of humiliation is that people have been evicted from their land and are now landless.
Uganda is preparing to celebrate 53 years of self-rule tomorrow Friday in Gulu district.
Besigye says the current electoral process is a fraud process and can never lead to a free and fair election.
“Ugandans must however not resign to fate. They must challenge the process.”
He wondered how Parliament composed of educated people can pass electoral laws in the middle of an election.
“There is a deliberate attempt by the NRM junta and EC to exclude Ugandans from offering leadership by increasing nomination fees?”
“When will a poorly paid teacher whose salary is arrears be able to raise Shs 3m for nomination? How will unemployed youth raise Shs 3m to get nominated? And shockingly most of those MPs joined Parliament as teachers.”
Besigye emphasised that the EC is clearly an “extension of the NRM military Junta”.
He said the EC extended the nomination dates because NRM was not ready.
The same was reiterated in Amama Mbabazi’s letter to the EC where he accused the electoral body of being partisan.
According to Mbabazi, EC fraudulently declared Museveni a presidential candidate even before he could be elected flag bearer in his own party.
Mbabazi gave EC seven days to nullify Museveni nomination or face a court action.
Besigye too says EC nominating Museveni before he could be voted by the NRM delegates conference shows the commission is leaning towards the ruling party.
“The NRM constitution is a public document and must be implemented in public interest. Even if Museveni was approved by CEC he chairs as a sole candidate, it is the responsibility of the Delegates conference to certify him. But even if DC conference rejected him, they still have time to nominate other candidates,” Besigye said.