Kyalya: EC has already rigged for Museveni


Maureen Kyalya

Presidential candidate, Maureen Kyalya, has defended her decision to leave Uganda and head to United Kingdom in the middle of 2016 campaign rallies.

In a letter  dated December 8, 2015 and addressed to the Chairman and Returning Officer, Kyalya claims that that the sudden change in the presidential electoral laws in the middle of election process was an automatic election rigging.

“It created prohibitive equal and unfair ground for competition between the presidential candidates,” she wrote to Eng Badru Kiggundu.

Kyalya blames the electoral commission for taking the electoral laws for granted especially on civil servants which demands them to vacate their offices when taking part in elections.

She says it has not been the case with the highest rank in the public service especially the Office of the President when he has continued to access the national resources which he is using for his campaigns.

According to Kyalya, President Yoweri Museveni should have resigned from office before commencing campaign rallies for his re-election.

She said the President unlawfully signed the Presidential Elections Act 2015 to protect himself from completion and EC just went along with it.

Yet, she continued, the EC has denied them [other candidates] the basic national resources not even fuel and transport to enable them move the across country.


“Anyhow, this is a matter that will be presented to the relevant courts of law in a bid to contest the neutrality and fairness of the electoral process and elections for 2016, which are already rigged out”.

Kyalya cited three exceptions to that “deliberate elimination of fair competition”.

“[1] the incumbent who is using public funds and resources, [2] Amama Mbabazi who has had access to the same funds for 30 years and lastly, Kizza Besigye who has also had the same access in the past and has built a foundation of community support for the last 15 years of brutal persecution from the government.

Kyalya says she traveled to UK because she couldn’t financially sustain the campaigns for three consecutive months after EC extracted Shs20m prior to nominations.

“I was unwell and needed a financial break.”

Kyalya, the only female presidential candidate in the 2016 races says she is also undertaking a doctorate in criminal law.

“I will be scantily resuming my campaign trail on 27th of December just for the sake of getting to the end.”

“But the electoral commission with your unequal biased and selective execution of national resources has completely prohibited and shadowed all the candidates with no access to the government treasury namely myself, Joseph Mabirizi, Benon Biraro and Abed Bwanika.”


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