Ugandan Presidential Candidate Calls Election Fraud and Sham as Dictator Museveni Declares Victory

Democracy is on trial in Uganda:  Today I am under house arrest. My home is sealed off and I am not allowed to leave. Nobody is allowed to access my home. I am also under some kind of electronic blockade. I am unable to access any form of internet service in my house.” Dr. Kizza Besigye.

By Melanie Nathan, Feb 20, 2017.Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 10.14.27 AMAfter a turbulent few days in Uganda, including the arrest of the opposition presidential hopeful, Dr. Kizza Besigye,  after social media was turned off to the populace, as well as the intimidation of people and press alike, by the Yoweri Museveni government, Besigye, the presidential candidate with the most opposition votes, released a press statement ( in full below), on his Facebook page, where he urges the International community to sanction Uganda and to refuse to recognize the sham election.

CNN has reported that : “Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year grip on power looks set to continue, as the country’s election commission declared him the winner Saturday, with nearly twice as many votes as his closest competitor, opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Preliminary figures showed the incumbent with 62% compared to 34% for Besigye. But Museveni’s party, the Federal Democratic Party of Uganda, or FDP, rejected the results and demanded independent audit of elections. Besigye is under house arrest, with no one is allowed in or out to see him. Elections officials are scheduled to announce the results Saturday. With more than half the votes counted, unofficial results showed the incumbent with 62%, according to the election commission’s website.

Kizza Besigye·Saturday, February 20, 2016

Press Statement:
Message: The results of the presidential elections must be rejected Kampala, Uganda
Citizens of Uganda
My Fellow Africans
International Citizens and Friends of Uganda

Members of the Press Corps and the Diplomatic Community,

We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda. We participated in this process to highlight and show the world quite how fraudulent this military regime is. The Electoral Commission is not independent and its technical incompetence and partisanship has been made clear for all to see. The voting material was not delivered in time. People were unlawfully removed from the Voters’ Register whilst ghosts were wantonly added. Freedoms of assembly and expression were wantonly curbed. We were not free to carry out our campaigns without intimidation and interference from the partisan Uganda Police Force and the NRM’s militia dubbed the Crime Preventers.

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.40.24 AMOn election day, all access to social media platforms was switched off. This can only have been designed to impede transparency of the election. The popular mobile money platforms were also disabled, cutting millions of ordinary people off from their meager resources. This can only be described as illegal collective punishment, which is an offense under international law.

Then after the elections as the Electoral Commission started announcing falsified results when we called a press conference to show the world how the results that we had, results that were announced at polling stations in the presence of citizens and our own polling agents, the Uganda Police Force brutally stormed our offices and arrested the Party President, Maj. General Mugisha Muntu, our Chief Mobiliser, Ms. Ingrid Turinawe, and myself. We were detained without charge at Naggalama Police Station and whilst General Muntu and I were released late in the night, Ms. Turinawe was detained overnight.

Today I am under house arrest. My home is sealed off and I am not allowed to leave. Nobody is allowed to access my home. I am also under some kind of electronic blockade. I am unable to access any form of internet service in my house.

Generally, the regime is baring its bloodied fangs and claws for all to see. This has not been an electoral process. This is a creeping military coup.

(I) What must be done
I have come to ask for two things:
(1) The results of the presidential elections must be rejected by the international community.
(2) An international commission should be established to audit the results of the elections.

(II) A Profound Faith in Democracy

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 10.14.02 AMWhile I address you as a presidential candidate, I greet you today as human rights and a pro-democracy activist. As you know, I have dedicated my adult life to the struggle for democracy in Uganda.

I come from the generation which beliefs that democracy is the gateway to human rights and human dignity and to the rule of law, and to tolerance and pluralism. Any government which claims to derive its mandate from the people must believe and practice democracy.

Anyone who believes in human dignity, and who believes that we are all created in the image of God and that we all stand equal before the law, must be believe and practice democracy.

Anyone who believes in Pan-Africanism and the dignity of the African person, and that an African has the equal claim tolife as any person on this earth, must believe and practice democracy.

Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 10.13.49 AMAnd to those friends around the world who wish Africa well and who believe in the dignity of the African continent, they too must believe in democracy and the inalienable right of the African to enjoy it and to live by the universal democratic creed.

I believe deeply in my heart that the African Renaissance will never happen without democracy. I believe profoundly that the East African Federation would be stillborn without democracy.

Sir Winston Churchill once said that the empires of the future will be the empires of the mind. That was true and profound. I hasten to reframe that statement. The empires of the future will be the empires of democracy.

No one can be a full citizen of the 21 st century without enjoying the full blessings of democracy. Any Image claim to the contrary is false.

There can be no citizenship without democracy.

(II) Democracy on Trial in Uganda
Today democracy is on trial in Uganda. The evidence is all around us.The most sacred right of a citizen is the right to vote peacefully and freely. There is no greater right in a free and open society. It’s upon the right to vote that all other democratic rights are anchored. Today the right to vote—and the right to do so peacefully—has been wantonly violated in Uganda. That violation should be a profound moral offense to all of us. A profound offense to all the citizens of Uganda. And it is an offense to all Africans and to all global citizens. When you violate the rights of an African to vote, you insult his and her humanity and you rob him of his human dignity. That was the fundamental offense of colonialism: the odious practice, and the insulting belief, that an African could be a subject but never a citizen.
Today in Uganda, the right to vote—the very essence of citizenship—has been violated with impunity.

(III) International Community asked to sanction impunity and human rights violations
And the international community has been asked to sanction those gross human rights violations. You have been asked to sanction elections that are neither free nor fair nor credible. And there is only one logic to that request: that African lives do not matter. And that an African can live without democracy or human dignity. Instead of democracy, the logic goes, an African would rather receive international charity. Instead of democracy, an African would rather be trained in post-conflict resolution.
By ratifying these sham elections, the international community is being invited to become a partner in the violations of the African people. I am therefore here to ask the international community to have the courage to defend the millions of Ugandans—the youth and the elderly—who had the courage to vote. Let them know that it’s not a crime to be an African. Please reject the temptation to ratify these sham elections.
Screen Shot 2016-02-20 at 10.14.10 AMBut should you ratify the results of these sham elections, at least, have the courage to admit that you do not care about democracy or human rights in Africa.

No one who can sanction these elections can credibly profess to be for democracy or for human rights in Africa. I am greatly heartened by the fact that the International Observer missions from the AU, the EU, and the Commonwealth have all, in their preliminary reports indicated that this exercise has not been free, fair, transparent or credible.

I urge you, on behalf of the brave citizens of Uganda, to reject the results of these sham elections.

To my brothers and sisters across Africa, I urge you to stand with the people of Uganda and to assert the rights of every African to live in a free and democratic society.

To my fellow Ugandans, I salute your courage and thank you for your support and for believing in democracy and peace. Democracy is the only path to peace and prosperity and to the rule of law. Remain vigilant and steadfast. The struggle is long and hard but, in the end, we shall win if we continue in our patient and steadfast resolve. The regime cannot survive without our co-operation. Let us denounce this electoral theft by withdrawing our recognition of the regime and ceasing to co-operate with it.

Let us have the strength and the courage to finish this struggle. I mow deep in my heart that Uganda shall be free!

One Uganda! One People!
For God and My Country.
Dr. Kizza Besigye
Kampala, Uganda

20th February 2016.

 

READ MORE ABOUT THE UCC Threatening Ugandans with treason if the accessed their social media: HERE

READ MORE about Dictatorial Oppression marring the elections in early days: HERE.

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12 thoughts on “Ugandan Presidential Candidate Calls Election Fraud and Sham as Dictator Museveni Declares Victory

        1. Hi Mel,

          I managed to extract the video location & could play it finally in Chrome (I was using Firefox & for some reason, it just tossed that error).

          I also posted the story of Dr. Kizza Besigye on my personal FB & then replied to that with the audio in the link here…hopefully, it isn’t taken down.

          Cheers

    1. Maybe we should blame the Commonwealth for going there in the first place. I always wonder what Africa would be like had the West simply allowed it to do its own thing – made contact YES – conquered -? Well – look at it now!

  1. Of course Yoweri Museveni is a dictator. Jamming internet? Arresting the opposition candidate? What I’m curious of now is whether the UN is capable of doing the right thing to call for sanctioning/unseating this monster?

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