Rights boss calls for Museveni, Besigye talks


Dr Livingstone Ssewanyana

Dr Livingstone Ssewanyana, the executive director of Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), suggests that the only thing that will end the current political bickering is holding a dialogue.

He was referring to the outcomes of the 2016 general elections which indicated that President Yoweri Museveni was the winner [60%] and Kizza Besigye the looser with 35%.

The results remain largely contested despite the Supreme Court of Uganda ruling, Ssewanyana said while appearing on NBS television Wednesday.

“Where there is a political problem as we have currently, you can’t turn to a legal solution to resolve the situation.”

He said courts can’t resolve the legitimacy issue because they use technicalities to arrive at a decision and that doesn’t resolve anything.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who came third with 1% petitioned court challenging the outcomes of the elections.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe dismissed the petition on grounds that it lacked enough evidence.

Dr Ssewanyana opines that despite Supreme Court ruling, there is need for dialogue to resolve the ongoing political impasse

H said dialogue has been used in Kenya, Nigeria.

“Mediation is sometimes best approach. A constructive engagement is the way forward.”

He said the call for dialogue is not about defiance but aims at resolving the current political question on legitimacy.

“These court orders that are being issued cannot bring about the peace we all desire. There’s need for dialogue.”

The Uganda Women’s Situation Room (WSR) tried to initiate the talks sometime back but the effort never yielded positive results.

The WSR is a peace-building project that empowers women to be the leading force for democratic and peaceful elections.

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