FDC sets May 12 for Besigye swearing in


Dr Kizza Besigye (L) shakes hands with FDC president Mugisha Muntu (R) as the party electoral commission chairman Dan Mugarura (C)

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] has set May 12 as the date for swearing in their candidate Kizza Besigye.

May 12 is the same date when President Yoweri Museveni will be taking oath for the fifth time at Kololo independence grounds.

Dan Mugarura Bakaaki, FDC Chief Electoral Commissioner, announced on Friday that Besigye would be sworn in because he is the winner of 2016 elections.

“We won the election and we are making arrangements to see how we will take our positions as government,” Mugarura said.

Police deputy spokesperson, Polly Namaye, says they are not aware of the plan to swear in Besigye.

“They have not written to us. They must go through the process. You can’t swear in someone who never won elections.”

She said Supreme Court pronounced itself on the matter and resolved the contestation of the 2016 general election outcomes.

Namaye also said the letter FDC wrote to them for the planned march to Nakivubo Blue primary school still has issues.

“We need to know the number of people they will have and see a letter of consent from the owner of the venue,” she said.

Worse still, the Constitutional court on Friday gave Court of Appeal a four-week interim injunction order prohibiting all Forum for Democratic change party activities under the defiance campaign.

These include processions like the May 5 demonstration, Besigye’s swearing in ceremony and all related activities.

Besigye is ready to support any demonstrations aimed at sabotaging Museveni’s swearing in ceremony until elections have been independently audited.

According to Besigye, Museveni has no qualifications to be sworn in when its still unclear on whether he won elections or not.

“Unless we have an independent audit, we shall proceed, as mandated by the people, to form government,” Besigye told press on Thursday.

Besigye says he won the February 18th presidential elections with 52% of the votes and not 35% as announced by the electoral commission.

The 52%, he notes, is according to the results they were tallying in their FDC offices just before they got arrested.

He also faulted the police for sabotaging their tallying process, which made them leave a chunk of votes untallied.

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