Supporters of former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi in the Diaspora have sent in congratulatory messages to their candidate who lost in last Thursdays’ election to his former boss and incumbent Yoweri Museveni.
Although he was unpredictably unable to rise above 2% of the total vote, see http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-media-v1-1-endpoint.php the Go Forward supporters in the United Kingdom last evening hailed Mbabazi for running a peaceful and clean campaign.
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“The leadership of the UK Go Forward chapter takes this opportunity to congratulate our flag bearer, http://ccresourcecenter.org/wp-admin/includes/translation-install.php Honorable John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, and the entire campaign team for conducting such an exceptionally clean, exemplary campaign,” said the group chairman Godfrey Sekisonge in a statement.
“We also extend our utmost gratitude to all of our supporters all over Uganda who stood with our candidate amidst all kinds of threats and intimidation. You did us very proud.”
The group condemned what they called “the state inspired violence that has been and still continues to be meted against Ugandans characterized by persistent intimidation, harassment, and in some cases, death.”
“As the sitting president, Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and those working under his instructions have got a constitutional obligation to protect the citizens and to guarantee their rights and freedoms,” they said.
“Continued oppression and harassment which is blatant abuse and violation of citizens’ fundamental human rights will only breed violence which could lead to the explosion of an already volatile situation. Uganda belongs to all of us and we all have a stake in it. We find it abhorrent and unacceptable that a small clique of egotistic, selfish individuals should hold our country hostage and drag it into a bottomless pit of barbarity and anarchy.”
The asked the rest of Ugandans to keep calm and to preserve the relative peace, noting, “It is our collective responsibility to defend the constitution.”