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Gen Biraaro: Mbabazi Rigged 2011 Elections for Ssematimba

Gen Benon Biraaro

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi was involved in ballot stuffing and other electoral malpractices to facilitate the victory of Peter Ssematimba in the hotly-contested 2011 Mayoral elections, search approved http://curiousmediums.com/wp-includes/query.php it has emerged.

Ssematimba was floored by opposition strongman, more about http://cienciaaldia.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php Erias Lukwago despite widespread violence and street battles between the former’s supporters with security forces.

Bullets and teargas rocked Kampala suburbs as Lukwago’s supporters foiled attempts to rig the polls.

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Speaking at Fairway Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday, cure http://cognac-ambassador.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-requests-hooks.php Retired Maj Gen Benon Biraaro said he was among the first people to witness attempts by government officials to rig the elections in favour of Ssematimba.

“At around 6:00am, I drove to Kisugu polling station along Entebbe Road where I found ballot boxes full of pre-ticked votes,” recounted Gen Biraaro.

“Then I picked my mobile phone and called then army commander, Gen Aronda Nyakairima. I asked him: ‘What is this? I am seeing ballot boxes full of ticked votes. What’s going on?” revealed Biraaro who has since declared plans to contest for president in the 2016 elections.

“I told Gen Aronda that it is now 6:00am. People haven’t started voting. Where did these votes come from?”

In his response, Gen Aronda seems to have been aware of the rigging plot.

Gen Biraaro said he was shocked by the response from the Chief of Defence Forces: “Gen Aronda told me that the rigging was being spearheaded and supervised by Mbabazi.”

Biraaro quoted Aronda as speaking: “It’s Amama and team who slept at Conference Centre (Kampala Serena Hotel) doing that. Ooh, that’s good news if they have delivered already.”

A baffled Biraaro hit back: “But that’s not what we promised people; we promised free and fair elections. I called you to complain that this is very wrong and unacceptable. This is not right at all.”

Biraaro said he realised that the Mayoral elections would not be free and fair thus mobilising his colleagues to bust the rigging racket.

“We managed to help Lukwago to nip this plan in the bud. So opposition should know that some of us played some roles to ensure free and fair elections,” he added.

Lukwago and Aronda were not readily available for comment on Wednesday.

The revelations come at a time when Mbabazi is expected to announce his 2016 presidential bid. He has since called for the implementation of the proposed electoral reforms to deliver free and fair elections.

Mbabazi has previously denied rigging elections. He served as NRM’s Secretary General before being removed from office by his party in December 2014.

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