Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] party president, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, says the opposition will not sit back as the regime of President Museveni violates citizens’ rights.
“Police can continue to besiege Kizza Besigye’s home and our headquarters for days, weeks or even a month but we will not compromise our objectives,” Muntu told journalists at Najjanankumbi Wednesday afternoon.
He said for example, the presence of security agents at Besigye’s home was unlawfully but has continued unabated.
“The president should realise that this country is not his homestead, there are laws that govern all of us.”
He reminded the president not even himself was above the law.
Muntu said any Ugandan is free to engage in peaceful civic actions like staying home, sitting at a school pitch in protest and the like.
“This time NRM forgot to put on gloves. They left fingerprints all over the place,” he said in reference to open electing rigging.
“This time when they stole without gloves and the finger prints are all over. Government is scared of finger prints on the ballots.”
He demanded the establishment of an independent audit of the 18th February 2016 elections.
Muntu said what they want to contend against is the system criminalisation of civic action by the regime.
“We are stating a fact. If we engage in such action, every Ugandan has to know if it is lawful and legitimate.”
He added: ”We shall break the arrogance the regime. We intend to pursue to the fullest the ‘realisation of the change’ that people voted for.”
He wondered how the ruling party can call itself strong and yet place police outside the head offices of a political party?
“NRM claims that they are keeping peace by putting us under house arrest, this is not about peace, it’s about our rights.”
Calmness on the surface where there is no justice, he said, that is simply a façade.
Muntu also said they will meet and discuss on whether to join Amama Mbabazi who has already filed a petition challenging the results.
“This is not about one individual, it’s about our rights. We intend to break the arrogance and impunity of the regime.”
Muntu said this was part of the ‘rot’ ‘eating up the regime”.
“When you see generals shooting each other in an election you think that is peace?” he said in reference to Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde who was shot by military police on Tuesday in Fort Portal during the chaotic youth elections allegedly on orders of CDF Gen Katumba Wamala.
“We shall engage religious leaders, civil society, the diplomatic community and the population.”
He assured all Ugandans that the opposition was working uncompromisingly, for the realisation of the change citizens voted for.
He called upon the East African Community to help the opposition demand for an Independent audit of the election results.
“Candidate Museveni has overthrown the political electoral process by use of naked force. State curtailed our efforts to seek justice within 10 days as demanded by the law.”