“Vote rigging, bribery, violence, and lies must be banished from our elections” -Says President Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has congratulated the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) for winning the Oyam North By-elections.

UPC flagbearer,  Dr. Eunice Otuko Apio was yesterday declared the winner of the hotly contested Oyam North By-election after garnering 15,718 votes. Her closest competitor Mr. Samuel Engola Okello Junior of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) got 15,176 votes.

“Congratulations to our allies, the UPC, and the candidate, Eunice Apio, for winning the Oyam by-elections. Congratulations also to the NRM and the candidate Engola Junior because the difference between the two was very small,” President Museveni said in a statement issued today.

The President however noted that if UPC cheated in any way, the NRM can follow the legal channels.

He also condemned and demanded action against law-breakers that are said to have ticked the ballots on behalf of the voters.

“This is treason and no NRM should ever take part in that crime.  The Opposition has been doing that around Kampala, with the incompetent NRM officials failing to catch them. If the voters cannot do so genuinely and influence the choice of the candidates and Parties, then how can the People guarantee their future and discipline leaders? This is why the NRM went to the bush. Vote rigging, bribery, violence, lies, etc., must be banished from our elections,” he emphasized.

President Museveni further insisted that all voting must be electronic, using thumbprints.

“How, then, does the pre-ticking come in? Are some people still allowing non-electronic voting?” he wondered.

“UPC has been, in recent years, positive and not disruptive and so has DP been. That is why I congratulate them, although I would have preferred the NRM to win. Nevertheless, both the UPC and the DP should pay attention to what I said at Icheme recently.”

The President also narrated how the sabotage of the Uganda National Congress (UNC) by the Democratic Party (DP) in 1954 and the sabotage of the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF) in 1980 by both the UPC and the DP, denied Uganda a broad-based political force that could guarantee peace in Uganda, the way Tanu and Afro-Shirazi did in Tanzania.

“The two of them, again, since 1994 (the CA time), have been trying to sabotage the broad-based NRM but the People of Uganda have rejected their efforts. 

Therefore, the surviving UPC and DP members -people like Rwakasisi, John Kawanga, and Joyce Ssebugwawo (KY) – should sensitize their members about the historical mistakes that disadvantaged Uganda,” Gen. Museveni explained.

“What would have Uganda lost if the UNC in 1954 or the UNLF in 1980, had remained united? What would Uganda, East Africa, Africa, and even the individual actors (Muteesa, Obote, Amin, Ben Kiwanuka on the Uganda side and elders from Kenya and Tanzania -Mzee Kenyatta, Mwalimu Nyerere, etc.) lose if the East African Federation had been actualized in 1963 as the Declaration of Intent proclaimed? So many lost opportunities and a lot of unnecessary trouble,” he added.

On the other hand, President Museveni advised that the NRM in Oyam and the rest of the Country should concentrate on wealth and get away from the sterile and nonsensical politics of cheap popularity -giving money, and attending burials, among others. 

“In Oyam, I drove for 27kms, from Col. Engola’s home to Icheme and Otwal, looking at the different sides of the road. I only saw some little patches of Muhogo (cassava) and maize. That is why at Otwal, I asked the question: “Cente (sente), tye were?”- “From where do you get money?” What has Operation Wealth Creation been doing in that area? No coffee, no fruits, no poultry, no piggery, no dairy, and no fish farming. In other words, no PDM,” said the President who is currently at his farm in Kisozi, Gomba looking after his cattle. 

“As I told the Oyam People, I am going back in August to get an answer to that question. The chairman told me about watermelons and soya beans. Those are not part of the activities for PDM.   What is the cura (Kibaro)? I also noticed some irresponsible people encroaching on the wetlands. They must get out. We need the swamps as dero (granary, store of water) for irrigation; not for rice and crops. Crops are for dry land.”

Towards the end of next week, President Museveni also disclosed that he will broadcast anti-terrorism and crime. 

He also commiserated with the family,  friends, and Ugandans in general following the death of prominent businessman Apollo ‘Aponye’ Nyegamahe who died in a motor accident in Itojo, Ntungamo yesterday. 

“While here (Kisozi), I got the sad news of the death of Aponye, our big supporter and active economic actor. Condolences to his family and the Ugandans in general. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Reported by: ONC_Media_Team

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