Nsereko predicts a re-run in February election


M.P Muhammed Nsereko


Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Hon. Mohamed Nsereko, says President Yoweri Museveni, should realise that he is now senile and can’t continue leading Uganda.

“Museveni himself once said that after 75 years, many people become senile,” Nsereko said Thursday while appearing on NBS TV to discuss NRM 30 years in power and the question of crime preventers.

“Thirty years of NRM? I disagree. It’s been 30 years of Museveni,” Nsereko insisted.

He also dismissed NRM’s campaign slogan of “steady progress” saying there is no evidence of such in anything the government has done over the years.

“Steady progress? If we had well-paid doctors before NRM, where’s the steady progress today given under-paid doctors?”

According to Nsereko, many characters in the NRM were responsible for the instability in the country.

“We have progressed but if the journey was 180km and you have covered it in 30 hours, instead of 4 hours. Is that progress?”

He noted that those saying President Museveni is the best leader are simply protecting what they have.

“NRM is absolutely a one-man show.”

Ballots, EC

The first ballots to be used in February elections are expected to arrive today in the country.

Nsereko observed that it’s the electoral commission’s mandate to ensure the ballots are guarded and distributed.

“Biometric system is for further verification but any registered voter is eligible to vote. Biometric is the best way of verifying of voters. Unless it is tampered with. Some are also worried about queues.”

Nsereko said EC needs to test the kits and in the event that the biometric system breaks down, it will have failed its purpose.

“If all candidates are doubting EC, it is a bad game for it lays grounds for violence,” he wondered.

Nsereko said all sides are coming out and saying either side is preparing to rig, noting that such is fertile ground for anarchy

“If every candidate is confident they are going to win, electoral commission is on a test.”

The former NRM rebel said there is a possibility of a re-run if the election is transparent and there is less of multiple voting.

“A 90% chance of a rerun.”

Hon Mike Sebalu, the NRM Taskforce spokesperson, disagreed with Nsereko saying: “those who are building a notion that they can only lose when they are rigged out. That’s not right.”

Nsereko disagreed saying “there is no way you are going to stuff ballots and then expect someone to be a good loser”.

According to the MP, there can never be a fireproof system against rigging.

“EC should have engaged all parties on dealing with loopholes.”

Sebalu to the contrary said there is need to appreciate democracy both when “we win and even when we lose”.

“Whether you win or lose, democracy is a good thing to practice. But in Uganda, we have bad losers.”

Crime preventers

Nsereko the turned attention to “crime preventers” saying these individuals donning t-shirts of a particular candidate is a cause for alarm.

“”Crime preventers” are being trained to be used as election constables.”

Sebalu dismissed the claim speculation.

“There’s need for a legal framework to guide them and Internal Affairs is working on that. Let’s give them a benefit of the doubt. They are Ugandans from the community,” Sebalu said.

“I look at “crime preventers” from the principle of community policing. It has been done in the U.S.”

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