I want to retire, grow apples-Kiggundu



Electoral Commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu, says he wants to retire and do other things like growing apples.

Kiggundu made the revelation Thursday saying he would turn down another term should the appointing authority bestow one on him.

Kiggundu was appointed to replace former EC boss, Aziz Kasujja, in 2012 promising to quit if he failed to make the commission independent.

Now Kiggundu says he plans to retire “next year, some day in November”.

“I have so many things to do… grow apples,” he said.

Will allow military to curtail Besigye

Speaking at a Uganda Human Rights Commission public dialogue held in Kampala, Kiggundu accused FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, of insisting on defiance messages after several warnings.

He said EC would allow the army to curtail Besigye if he continues doing what he is doing.

Kiggundu insists Besigye’s messages are inciting the masses to become violent yet the commission aims at conducting free and fair elections in 2016.

Kiggundu also dismissed the possibility of Besigye winning 2006 elections as alleged by critics.

“There is no way the election in 2006 would have been won by Besigye, the results were very vivid.”

The EC boss said its was okay for another Ugandan to come in, and “we see a change in tone. I have served the country regardless of colour”.

He said if a call comes that there will be a re-run in 2016, it shall be done and the country will bear the costs.

Mbabazi and Ntungamo clashes

Kiggundu also spoke on Sunday clashes between Amama Mbabazi’s supporters and those of President Yoweri Museveni.

“What happened in Ntungamo was sad. Leaders need to talk to their followers. I don’t have power over followers.”

Kiggundu said Ugandans need to tolerate one another.

He says in Tooro, ‘Go Forward’ held a rally at grounds where NRM chopper landed before final clearance of their programme changes by EC.

He said the landing of the NRM helicopter landing at “Go Forward” rally ground [Boma grounds in Fort Portal] was due to last minute changes in campaign programme.

Threats on his life

Kiggundu warned those making threats on his life: “I am a firm believer in Allah. When my time comes, it will have come.”

He says whether elections are free and fair is a responsibility of all parties involved not him solely.

“Even if you are my brother, daughter or sister and you commit an electoral crime, I will have you arrested.”

He said some people don’t like him because of his firm position on decision making.

“Some people think independence is absolute. Where do we get the money to operate, the laws? They are all from the executive.”

Kiggundu said he is “very independent” and in three years, he has only met President Museveni twice on substantial matters.

“My firmness when making decisions can only be changed when someone quotes me a law directing on such.”

Although appointed by the president, Kiggundu said he operates witin the mandate.

“Perception is something I have no control over. Politics isn’t perfect science.”

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