NRM Taskforce spokesperson, Mike Sebalu, has taken a swing at opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, and former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, for failure to accept defeat.
President Yoweri Museveni defeated the two candidates in the 2016 elections after garnering 60% as opposed to their 35% and 1% respectively.
Dissatisfied with the results, Besigye opted to form his own government while Mbabazi rushed to Supreme Court to challenge the election results.
Sebalu says Besigye won at some polling stations but that was not enough to give him the majority.
Court last week dismissed Mbabazi’s petition because of lack of evidence.
In response, Besigye said had he been given the chance to go to court, he would have demanded that the actual winner [himself] be announced.
According to Sebalu, the court ruling ‘restated what the people said with their votes’.
“You cannot take a petition to court with no evidence and expect court to help you,” Sebalu pointed out.
He said the voter turnout in 2011 was 43% while in 2016, it was 63%.
This meant that more people turned out to vote in 2016.
“There is no evidence that the 7 million Ugandans who stayed away in 2016 had no faith in the system,” he said.
While appearing on NBS TV morning breeze Monday, Sebalu said the 2016 elections were mostly free and fair.
“Yes, there were delays but I am glad the Electoral Commission (EC) apologised. The delays affected all of us. Despite all this, the EC did a good.”
Turning to Besigye, Sebalu said Besigye’s government would surprise him where he only has 36 MPs.
During campaigns, Besigye had promised to run a lean government with few ministers and legislators so as to cut government expenditure and fund priority sectors.
He had also vowed to dismiss Resident District Commissioners who, he said, strained the budget yet were not productive.
Museveni laughed off the remark.
Meanwhile, the ruling party will hold main celebrations to mark incumbent Yoweri Museni’s February win on Saturday at Kololo Independence Grounds.
“There are different ways of celebrating other than ululating!” Sebalu notes.