Uganda is not your Kingdom, Bwengye tells Museveni


Former presidential candidate, Francis Bwengye, says Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s only chance is to go to court.

Bwengye stood against both Kizza Besigye and President Yoweri Museveni in 2001 general elections.

Appearing on NBS TV morning breeze programme on Thursday, Bwengye, a senior legal practitioner, said when the elections are not free and fair, people start reacting.

He questioned FDC’s demand for an Independent election audit saying their best option is to go to court.

“In the interest of our country, these people should sit down and talk. It’s possible,” he noted.

Bwengye says people didn’t vote Besigye to fight but to become a president.

“They are not ready for war.
If you say you can’t hand over, that means you have already predicted the outcome.”

Bwengye said the military is there to defend people not terrorise them.

“You can’t keep telling people you went to the bush; some people like Bwanika (Abed, People’s Development Party candidate) never went to the bush but have good ideas.”

Bwengye says Uganda is not a kingdom that someone can appoint a friend or son to take over power.

“Supreme Court judges should discharge justice, even if that means they end up like Kiwanuka (Benedicto, who was arrested on gun point while presiding over a High Court session on former President Amin Dada’s orders).

Bwengye says Amama Mbabazi getting 1% is no issue.

“Any aggrieved party can petition the Supreme Court.”

He said the Electoral Commission chairman’s pre-election comments on Kizza Besigye were uncalled for and portrayed him as far from independent.

“Given that Kizza Besigye’s hands were tied, the time frame to petition should be extended to allow him file petition.”

He said a scenario of two petitions filed at the Supreme Court, given the circumstances, is possible.

“But court must decide within 30 days.”

According to Bwengye, Besigye joining Amama Mbabazi’s petition might be hard for the law.

He insists Besigye, the aggrieved candidate, must petition the court directly but not through another candidate.

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