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Bossa: Why Are the Generals Afraid of A Fair Election?

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Opposition activists were intercepted in Soroti on Sunday at Desert Island Hotel and blocked from accessing all grounds on which they were meant to meet locals on the campaign.


Following the program launch at Makerere University a few weeks ago, similar successful rallies had been held in the towns of Mbarara, Masaka, Jinja, Bushenyi, Kyambogo, and Tororo.


It was in Mbale and Soroti that the leaders were met with teargas and live ammunition as local police insisted their actions would cause unrest in the area.


“From the beginning we wrote to the Minister of internal Affairs Gen Aronda Nyakairima informing him of who we are, our cause and the places we intended to visit. The letter was copied to the IGP Gen Kale Kayihura,” said UPC Vice President, Joseph Bossa, on Wednesday.


“But local District Police commander told us he had orders from above that we should not hold the rally in the area.”


He went on: “The only people above this DPC are IGP Gen Kayihura, Gen Nyakairima, and Gen Yoweri Museveni, and we are asking, what these generals want us to do?”


“We are unarmed; we are just trying to talk Ugandans into forging a better electoral system.”


The standoff comes on a few weeks to the end of April which is the deadline given to government by the opposition to respond to the set of amendments proposed in the electoral reforms.


Mr Bossa said further that free and a fair election was of great importance as the lack of it was the source of almost all the major turmoil that rocked the country over the years.


“It’s only a government that ascends to power as a result of a free and air election that feels accountable to its people. This is why we want to put an end to disputed elections.”


Democratic Party President Norbert Mao, condemned the Soroti incident but noted, “we will not relent, we will not stop, we’ll keep going…”

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