Butambala county Member of Parliament, Mohammed Muwanga Kivumbi, maintains that opposition leader Kizza Besigye “beat” president Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 presidential elections.
Kivumbi was answering the question: “What lies ahead for NRM/opposition in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on the petition filed by Amama Mbabazi?” on NBS television Monday.
Kivumbi said the dismissal of Mbabazi’s election petition challenging Museveni’s victory was not a surprise.
“The ruling was expected. The Supreme Court was on trial.”
The nine justices led by Chief Justice Bart Katureebe unanimously agreed that Mbabazi did not produce enough evidence to cause an annulment of the election.
Kivumbi says how citizens resolve Uganda’s current stalemate where many Ugandans don’t believe the system will determine the country’s future, is the real question.
“If those in power are patriotic, the writing is on the wall.”
Kivumbi said atleast seven million Ugandans, according to Electoral Commission (EC) figures, stayed away.
“3.5 million people voted for Besigye. 7 million + 3.5 million = 10 million dissatisfied Ugandans.”
He said 60% in a real democracy is a landslide.
“Pass through anywhere in this country and you will feel the despair. This time round, even Mr. Museveni knows Dr. Besigye won.”
Kivumbi says the court might have ruled on legality matter but this doesn’t make president-elect Yoweri Museveni the legitimate leader in the people’s eyes.
He said over the next five years, the opposition has a lot to do…a lot to do and learn.