The Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) is set to petition the Court seeking an injunction blocking the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Museveni will on Wednesday 12th May swear in for his sixth term as the President of Uganda. The incumbent, was declared winner of the January, 14, 2021, elections after beating National Unity Platform’s (NUP) Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, his closest rival.
Under the theme; ‘Shaping Uganda’s Destiny, Our Sole Collective Effort’, the former bush war fighter will be sworn in for a sixth term. Museveni has been in power since 1986.
The presidential election which had 11 candidates was won by Museveni who got 6,042,898 representing (58.38%). His closest opponent Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu got 3,631,437 votes representing (35.08%).
According to Kiirya Ismail the president of UYD, the swearing in ceremony will expose and position Ugandans to a very high risk position the fact that Indian Covid-19 variant has been reported in Uganda.
“The new Covid-19 variant is said to be more deadly to young people below 35 years, who make over 70% of Uganda’s population and whose interests UYD represents,” he said.
Globally there have been 153,738,171 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 3,217,281 deaths, reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO). As of 3 May 2021, a total of 1,047,709,623 vaccine doses have been administered.
Uganda there 42032 confirmed cases including 342 deaths reported to the Ministry of health and over 300,000 people have been vaccinated against the Virus.
Kiirya said unless the Minister of Health Hon Jane Ruth Aceng lied to the nation that the Indian variant of Covid-19 was detected in Uganda, the country can’t risk organizing such an event under prevailing health circumstances attracting in people from countries affected by the said variant.
“It is absurd to organize such a National function in this period of global pandemic uncertainty given that the Indian Covid-19 variant has been reportedly detected leading to the closure of an International school. As a country we don’t have the health capacity to handle such complicated cases should it resurface in the surge of anticipations.”
“We thus appeal to the organizers of this purported swearing in function to reconsider their decision and immediately cancel it in order to safeguard the lives of Ugandans at stake.”
The political organisation urged foreign dignitaries planning to grace the ceremony to consider cancellation of their trips noting that ‘the dictator’ is anointing himself for another term.