US denies poll giving Besigye 53%


The American Embassy in Kampala has denied an alleged intelligence poll that gave FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, 53 percent ahead of President Museveni.

According to the alleged poll, Museveni scored 30%, Besigye 53.6% while Amama Mbabazi scored 15%.

The report which has been circulating on social media, claims the US Embassy in Kampala also briefed the Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Thomas Greenfield, about an “imminent outbreak of violence post elections since Museveni isn’t ready to hand power to an opposition that seems to be in a clear lead”.

In a Twitter message, the mission described as “false” reports that it has conducted polls ahead of Uganda’s general election, contending that the power to elect Uganda’s next president entirely lies in the hands of Ugandans.

“To put an end to rumours: the US Embassy in Uganda has not conducted, and is not conducting, any polls regarding the presidential vote.”

It adds: “Reports that the US Embassy has conducted any polls about the election are absolutely false. To repeat what we have said before: the US government does not support or endorse any candidate or party in Uganda’s elections.”

The U.S. embassy said “the US government does not support or endorse any candidate or party”.

“The choice of who will be Uganda’s next president is for Ugandans alone in a free, fair, and transparent process free of violence,” the embassy tweeted via its official Twitter account, @usmissionuganda.

Ugandans head to the polls on February 18 to elect leaders both at the presidential and parliamentary level.


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