Museveni intimidates rivals with finger print voting


Museveni and Janet campaigning in Nakaseke

President Yoweri Museveni has said that his opponents in the Ugandan opposition are now scared because he is suggesting finger print voting.

The president made the remarks while campaigning on Tuesday in Kiwoko Nakaseke district.

“Opposition is very scared. They have been cheating in Kawempe and Kampala,” he said.

Last week, while addressing press at State House Entebbe, Museveni said the opposition has been “cheating elections” in Kampala for many years.

Museveni referred to the Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] rigging 1961 elections when he was still too young to vote.

He was in the Democratic Party by then.

“I was under age, only 17 years. But my friend, Kategeya [late Eriya Kategeya] voted 8 times.”

Museveni said he has been fighting against vote rigging since 1962.

“That is why I want finger print voting. You can’t have two people with similar finger prints,” he explained.

He said election malpractices make leaders ignore their responsibilities to the people since they can manipulate the process.

“It actually disenfranchises the people. People no longer matter as long as you can cheat and bribe.”

Speaking in Luweero town yesterday, Museveni took a swing on opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi.

He said the two had nothing new to tell Ugandans.

He said Besigye abandoned the ruling government when it had many problems including rebels like Lord’s Resistance Army.

He [Museveni] solved all those problems in the absence of Besigye.

The president further lashed at Amama for sowing intrigue in his government and failing to do the work given to him.

With finger print voting, Museveni argued, his opponents have no chance of rigging the 2016 general elections.

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