Opposition youth have launched what they termed as “The blue Friday Campaign”, a non-violent campaign to “reclaim the people’s victory and reinstate Dr. Kizza Besigye as the dully elected president of Uganda”.
Kahemba Babi, who is at the helm of the campaign told journalists at Katonga road offices in Kampala, that “Blue Friday” is a movement composed of Ugandans who recognise Besigye as the President elect of the republic of Uganda.
“Any other person who claims to the Presidency by proclamation or declaration is an imposter,” he said.
“For that matter, we call upon all peace loving Ugandans who recognise Dr.Kizza Besigye as the President elect of this country to wear blue every Friday in solidarity with their President.”
Kahemba said this is constitutionally right and that they believe they can reclaim victory without necessarily using violent means like President Yoweri Museveni did in 1981 when he lost elections to DP and UPC.
“This nonviolent campaign is simply to denounce Mr. Museveni’s plans of fraudulently imposing himself onto Ugandans yet he is Dr. Badru Kiggundu’s [EC chairman] choice rather not a choice of Ugandans.”
Kahemba said the year 2016 started with excitement, hope and promise only to bring “misery in the month of February in particular… witnessing the unthinkable imposed onto us by men and women of the electoral commission who conspired with security agencies to deprive us of our constitutional civil rights”.
He accuses EC of altering the results allegedly with the assistance of the Uganda Police Force.
“He deliberately refused to declare Dr.Kizza Besigye as the winner of the Presidential elections exercise which he won but instead chose to announce the loser as the winner.”
“That was not only unconstitutional but also criminal. We can sum it up as an “election coup of Namboole.”
Kahemba said they have launched the campaign to protest the “election coup of Namboole” and on the other hand “the deliberate violation of Besigye’s individual rights through an illegal detention at his home”.
“We also wish to make more fundemental demands as the Presidency of Mr. Museveni comes to an end.”
The youth urged the international community to recognise Besigye as the dully President elect of the republic of Uganda and should denounce Museveni.
“We demand for an independent audit assisted by eminent persons and delegated political party officials to audit the Feb/18th/2016 Presidential elections.”
“We request that the International community puts sanctions on Mr Museveni and some officials of his government, a travel ban should be considered among others.”
He added: “In conclusion, we request that Besigye establishes a government of the people of Uganda and such a government must start reorganising this country.