Kyalya Undecided on Attending Swearing-in Ceremony

Faith Maureen Kyalya

As several heads of states jet into Uganda to be witnesses as President Yoweri Museveni is tomorrow Thursday 12th May 2016 sworn in for the fifth term as the president of the republic of Uganda, find a former presidential candidate is still contemplating whether or not to attend the function.

Maureen Faith Kyalya Waluube who was the only female candidate in the race told ChimpReports that she had not found any substantive reason for attending the function.

“I was given an invitation card but I am still pondering whether to go or not because I don’t see why I should have to attend, neither do I see a big reason for not attending because regardless of the outcome of the February polls, Uganda must remain peaceful and forge a way forward,” she said.

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Mrs Waluube has for long criticized the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, the party she originally subscribed to for taking a radical approach of defiance in denouncing the poll results which to her puts the state at stake.

She is also remembered for promising to work with President Museveni for the well-being of Ugandans during the second presidential debate that preceeded the February elections where she also promised to offer Mr. Museveni an advisory slot if he had lost the elections.

Kyalya who contested as an independent candidate after failing to register her African Restoration Party Uganda (ARPU) in time emerged sixth in the eight man race with 42,833 votes amounting to 0.43% of the total valid votes cast in 2016 presidential polls.

Immediately after results were released by the electoral commission on 20th February, Kyalya was quick to cite numerous irregularities that marred the whole exercise, including intimidation, splashing of sacks and bags of money to the electorate and hurriedly increasing the nomination fee through amendment of the presidential and parliamentary elections act 2005 as a ploy by NRM to intentionally block out some people from contesting against Museveni.

“The ground was too rough for some of us but we have to concede defeat for the good of our mother land Uganda. After-all most of the candidates were originating from western Uganda and would bring no significant change desired by Ugandans” she noted.

Asked whether she returned to Uganda to lobby for any post in Museveni’s new government, Kyalya said was not looking for any job since she can work in UK.

“I may have passion for my country and working hard to ensure that we empower Ugandans to live a better life and for that reason I am willing to work under Museveni’s government but that does not mean that I am lobbying. With or without any job in government, I can leave
a better life” she said.


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