The patron of people power, a political pressure group who doubles as the Kyadondo east MP, Robert Kyagulanyi, has spoken about their defeat in the just concluded bye election in Hoima, saying the exercise was marred by violence and gross violation of electoral laws.
The hotly contested bye-election was between national resistance movement’s (NRM) candidate Busingye Harriet and forum for democratic change’s (FDC) flag bearer Nyakato Asinansi. Close to 3:30am Hoima district returning officer, Matsiko Douglas, declared Busingye as the newly elected woman MP of Hoima garnering 33301 votes as Nyakato polled 28789 votes.
“I want to join my fellow leaders and other Ugandans in condemning high levels of election malpractices that were displayed in this election. Security forces have for past few days been deployed in Hoima, not to keep law and order but to help Museveni and his regime rig this election.”
He said many of Nyakato’s supporters and agents were arrested, brutalized and held in detention centres outside Hoima. “On the day of voting, many were brutally chased away from polling stations. The tally center was raided.” He said
According viral videos on social media, Nyakato’s supporters on the ground spent the day in running battles with vehicles which had pre-ticked ballots in favor of the NRM candidate. “Available information shows that they took advantage of the vastness of the district to stuff ballots early morning in remote areas, and were caught later in the day. Several people recorded these things on video, which is why Museveni and his regime are moving to ban cameras from polling stations come 2021.” He said.
He said Nyakato’s team has Declaration Forms bear different results from those which were declared by the district returning officer, Mr Matsiko. He vowed to support her in every way if she seeks to challenge these violations.
“Let me also make it clear that these gross violations only make us stronger! They give us more reason to fight on. They prove to us that our cause is a right cause! Therefore we are not fazed- we are only challenged to work even harder. Therefore, the most important thing is to pick lessons. These lessons are indeed invaluable as we prepare for the final onslaught come 2021.” He said
“The good news is that dictators throughout history have done such things in an even smarter way than Museveni- but ultimately they fell and were dropped in the dustbin of history. The most important thing for us is to be smarter and more organized than the dictatorship. I am persuaded beyond doubt that we shall soon overcome.” He noted
According to electoral observer’s report which include, CCEDU, the Election Day was largely well administered. The report indicates that the September 26th 2019 Hoima District Woman MP by-election was conducted in compliance with the legal framework of the Republic of Uganda and in line with international obligations.