ICT State Minister and ruling party mobiliser, Nyombi Thembo, has accused former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo of riding on Uganda elections to boost his “struggling legacy”.
Obasanjo was the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Uganda’s 2016 General Elections.
In his report on elections, Obasanjo urged Uganda police and security forces and political party supporters to exercise restraint and avoid unnecessary confrontations.
He also pointed out deficiencies and failures in the electoral process which obviously had a detrimental effect on the fairness and credibility of the elections.
The observers also raised question marks over the secrecy of the ballot and the competence of the Electoral Commission to manage the process.
Appearing on NBS TV last week, Nyombi said some of those contesting the results are bad losers.
“But there is a window for them in our Constitution to contest. NRM is an organised party and can’t just start jumping around. We have to organise our celebrations.”
He continued: “These European friends [observers] of ours don’t appreciate the realities in African democracies.”
He said the head of Commonwealth delegation Mzee Obasanjo “is struggling to make his legacy” but that “Ugandans decided”.
He said elections will always be contested, even in the most democratic of states.
“That’s why the law is clear.”
Nyombi said all these were isolated incidences adding that there was no correlation between these isolated crimes and post-election tension.
“I am happy that IGP Kayihura is doing what they are doing. I believe Kizza Besigye’s preventive containment is legal.”
Nyombi said Kizza Besigye is not being detained in secrecy.
“His detention follows information on his intentions. He has callous intentions.”