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Mabirizi Demands Vote Recount, Kiggundu Resignation

Elton Joseph Mabirizi

The election of youth Members of Parliament that started on Monday morning has been characterized by violence in mainly two regions.

In Western Uganda a delegate from Ntungamo district only identified as Kabundu is nursing serious wounds after being beaten in Fort Portal town where the poll for the region is taking place.

The victim who was rushed to a private medical facility was attacked and beaten in the morning with many of his colleagues belonging to the camp of Amanya Tumukunde, cost the son of General Tumukunde who is standing on independent ticket.

Amanya’s camp is blaming the National Resistance Movement candidate Mpaka Mwine’s group for using police and the army to unleash terror on them.

Gen. Tumukunde reportedly stormed Fort Portal at around 11am and picked the District Police Commander and the army officer of the today’s operation to unknown destination.

The two security bosses returned after an hour to the Kagoto Seventh Day Adventist Hall where the election is taking place.

The injured Kabundu was presented before the Electoral Commission officials at the Hall before being rushed to the hospital.

In Central Uganda, Patel Shamji Hall in Masaka town where the election for the region is taking place was even more dramatic.

Yesterday evening the supporters of Sarah Babirye Nakityo who is the NRM candidate clashed with those of independent candidate Arthur Katongole. Mr. Katongole’s supporters wanted to rally all ruling party delegates to their side saying Ms. Babirye was irregularly elected during the National Delegates Conference Nambole and the right choice was their man.

Today became more dramatic when a section of delegates from Kampala and Wakiso refused to participate in the exercise saying they wanted more cash before any election takes place.

The youths complained that Shs 400, 000 given to them was peanuts compared to what was given to other interest groups like the disabled. During the election of MPs for people with disabilities held in Jinja last week, each delegate was given Shs 1.2m.

At Laroo boarding School in Gulu town where the northern election is taking place, no incident has yet been reported. Oscar Awany, the son of UPDF’s Chief of Logistics Brig. Otema Awany is tussling out with George Omongi.

Parliament has four categories of special interest groups including the youths, workers, army and the disables enshrined in article 78(2)2 of the country’s constitution.

Presidential candidate in the February 18th elections Elton Joseph Mabirizi has added his voice to the ongoing grumbling about the manner in which the exercise was conducted, order and demanded the immediate cancellation of the results and declaration of the winner.

Mabirizi, cialis 40mg an independent candidate and flag bearer of The Independent Coalition (TIC) out of the 9 million voters managed to get 23762 votes (0.26%), but believes President Museveni who was eventually announced, was not the winner of the election.

In a strong worded statement yesterday, Mabirizi termed the February 20th election results read out by the Electoral Commission Chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu as “a deplorable forgery”

“This is a shame,” he said. “Mr. Museveni did not win this election. Besides, Dr. Badru Kiggundu, as all reports from local and international observers have indicated, presided over an election that was neither free, fair not credible.”

“Our own records obtained from our agents countrywide and from our colleagues with whom we cooperated in vote protection attest to the sad fact that the results announced by Dr. Kiggundu were and are a deplorable forgery.”

He then demanded that EC Chairman Kiggundu resigns immediately as well as his commissioners.

He also vowed to join his colleagues to challenge the result using all constitutional means available to us, “until the stolen victory is reversed and handed back to the true winner of this election.” The aggrieved candidates have until the end of today Tuesday to file a complaint in the courts of law.

Mr Mabirizi went on to predict violence in the coming days, which he said can only be averted if Eng Kiggundu nullifies the declaration of Mr. Museveni as winner.

“For the avoidance of doubt,” he added, “a vote recount be conducted, as national demand, as there was no tallying worth its name at the national tally center at Nambole, but periodic announcements of forged results. Results from at least 1700 polling stations were selectively not tallied.”

As for the Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate Candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye who remains under police watch, Mr Mabirizi demanded his immediate release.


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