A National Dialogue is the path to a shared future
This afternoon, the Electoral Commission of Uganda declared Gen Y Museveni the winner of the 2016 Presidential Election. It is obvious even to casual observers that the elections were rigged.
The EU Observer Mission’ Preliminary Report is clear.
The Elections were rigged by state institutions and leaders in favour of Gen Y Museveni. The process was not credible.
The result is not legitimate. A stolen election can not secure sustainable peace and a future of all Ugandans. It can not provide the basis of a stable and prosperous country.
That is why the immediate priority is a National Dialogue, to find a common path to a future that includes all!
The Dialogue must address the critical issues that have divided the country, as the way to avert violence.
Justice and equity are the way of peace! The Elders Forum and IRCU could build on the presidential debates and make the dialogue possible.
The results of the presidential elections
currently being released in Uganda by the Electoral Commission do not represent the will of the people of Uganda: the election has been badly rigged by Museveni.
Evidence of stuffed ballot boxes is rampant; the state closed down social media to curtail information on the rigging; delay in opening up polling stations denied millions of voters access to ballot boxes; and security forces are ready to crash any protest to the abuse of the Democratic process.
Ugandans are resolved to resist the illegal and illegitimate stay in office by Museveni and the NRM regime. We call upon all democratic forces the world over to stand in solidarity with us and to resist any temptation to lend credibility to this shameful abuse of human rights by the Museveni government.
Let the international observers take note that it is the truth that Ugandans expect from them not artificial and hypocritical cleansing of this gross abuse of the Democratic process.
We call upon all people of faith to pray for Uganda at this difficult time.
Bishop David Zac NIRINGIYE
Formerly, Assistant Bishop of Kampala Dioces
Church of Uganda
The Democratic Alliance (TDA) SECRETARIAT
Issued in Nairobi
19 February, 2016