Election 2016

PHOTOS: Besigye Crowds Shake Up Kampala

Elton Joseph Mabirizi from The Independent Coalition and Faith Maureen Kyalya are the latest Presidential Candidates to be successfully nominated by the EC ahead of the 2016 polls.

Mabirizi whose official symbol is a ball was accompanied by Vix Kingo.

Mabirizi in his remarks said he brings hope to Uganda and urged Ugandans not to vote for people who have been part of the ills of the NRM government.

“Many of these people were part of the 1986 liberation struggle, ask shop http://challengemetennis.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-render-shortcode-endpoint.php have been in govt and have been architects of failed systems, website like this http://charadas.org/wp-admin/includes/class-core-upgrader.php ” he said.

He noted that he intends to place emphasis on fighting corruption and ensuring that the corrupt face trial and pay back.

“Uganda isn’t poor. If all the embezzled funds were invested in providing services, http://charlesdunn.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/aioseop_class.php there would be significant difference,” he added.

Another candidate nominated today is Dr Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.

Mabirizi will Wednesday afternoon address his supporters at Kasubi Royal hotel.

On her part, Kyalya called for unity among Ugandans and women emancipation.

Female presidential candidate

She was duly nominated at 2:52 pm and her symbol will be a pot.

Kyalya said she made a commitment to run for presidency if no woman or someone from Busoga region was represented in the forthcoming elections.

“I went around Uganda and got shocked at the state of affairs. People are living in absolute poverty and can’t afford education,” said Kyalya whose nomination was briefly halted to allow her sort out the inconsistencies in her identification particulars.

“Mothers in Busoga cook sugarcane for breakfast, lunch and supper each day. It’s unfortunate to see this happen to our mothers,” she added.

Kyalya said the fate of Ugandans is determined by which political party they support.

“Why should I pay tax if my children can’t benefit from it? For one to benefit in Uganda, he/she has to show support to the NRM.”

Both candidates have been handed a Nissan pickup and security detail by EC to protect them through the campaigns.
FDC 2016 presidential candidate, viagra http://cybermed.edu.my/wp-admin/includes/post.php Dr Kizza Besigye has caused a stir in Kampala, ask http://csrf.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-theme-install-list-table.php pulling thousands of supporters to escort him to and from Mandela National Stadium where he was nominated on Wednesday.

The entire journey (to and from) is about 12 kilometres. Most of the fans and bodyguards walked this distance.

Dr Besigye was nominated at around 11:00am by the Electoral Commission chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu.

He addressed a brief press conference before being handed an official security car and bodyguards.

Besigye would later join thousands of his fans waiting from outside the stadium which was under heavy security.

Many were seen peeping from the window to have a glimpse of Besigye

Many were seen peeping from the window to have a glimpse of Besigye

Besigye's fans overwhelmed security

Besigye’s fans overwhelmed security

Besigye proved he is a force to reckon with in Uganda's politics

Besigye proved he is a force to reckon with in Uganda’s politics

Women escorting Besigye from Namboole to Nakivubo

Women escorting Besigye from Namboole to Nakivubo

There were reports that he would be blocked at Kireka and his followers redirected to Kinawataka road.

There was heavy presence of police and military police at Kireka but Besigye’s fans overwhelmed the security forces.

Any attempt to compel his supporters to divert from the highway would have possibly sparked off a violent resistance.

Police maintained security of shops in the towns where Besigye’s crowds passed to avoid acts of theft or destruction of property.

At Spear Motors junction in Nakawa, ed http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-autosave-v1-1-endpoint.php Besigye’s supporters found heavily armed security forces which did not interrupt his movement.

Crowds accompanying Besigye to Nakivubo

Crowds accompanying Besigye to Nakivubo

Road to Nakivubo

Dripping sweat, the knackered and hungry fans pushed further through Nakawa town up to the Jinja road junction at the Electoral Commission headquarters.

Moses Mukiibi, a 27-year-old trader in Kireka said he chose to close his shop to show solidarity with Besigye as he prepares for the 2016 election.

“This is our president. Who am I to work when our president is being nominated?” he asked.

Lukwago was also part of Besigye's convoy

Lukwago was also part of Besigye’s convoy

There was drama when Besigye was given a gift of a sofa set chair by a supporter. Besigye’s face beamed with joy as he enjoyed the chair’s comfort.

In Kampala town, curious civil servants and traders were seen peeping through their windows to take a glimpse of Dr Besigye and his supporters.

A jolly Besigye kept on waving at his fans. A journey that would normally take less an hour lasted over four hours.

Observers say this is the first time Besigye is pulling such mammoth crowds in almost a decade.

It is possible Besigye’s supporters could have decided to prove a point to Hon Amama Mbabazi whose camp members attacked the FDC flag-bearer at a rally in Kampala yesterday.

Some said Besigye has lost thrice to President Museveni and opposition support should be switched to Mbabazi.

Besigye finally arrived at Nakivubo Stadium at around 4:00pm. He was welcomed by top officials who included Hon Nandala Mafabi.

At the same venue is the former spymaster Gen David Sejusa. Speeches are now underway at the stadium.

Additional reporting by Nixon Segawa


Header advertisement
To Top