Nup Principal Robert Kyagulanyi and Dr.Kizza Besigye from the Forum for Democratic Change joined forces to condemn what happened in the Soroti by-election won by the ruling NRM party candidate.
It’s remembered that last week the NRM’s Herbert Ariko was declared the winner of the by-election in Soroti East Division to beat Forum for Democratic Change’s Moses Attan.
Ariko got 9,407 votes while Attan, his closest rival got 8,771 votes after campaigns that had seen the opposition join forces to campaign for their candidate.
On Monday at Hotel Africana in Kampala while addressing journalist ,Dr.Besigye said , the various political parties and formations have continuously participated in these elections because of their firm belief in democracy and the rule of law as the most ideal means through which to achieve a peaceful transition for the nation but noted the outcome has not always reflected the will of the people.
Dr Besigye condermed that the quality of elections has now gone from bad to worse- each ‘election’ being worse than the previous one. The rigging is open day as exhibited in the by-elections of Kayunga, Omoro and Soroti is now done with so much boldness and ridiculousness. This demonstrates the crisis at hand,”
NUP Leader, Robert Kyagulanyi said it is high time they do something to change this situation that he said is worrying.
Bobi said,”Fellow Ugandans, we are our own. You are your own. Do not depend on only leaders and politicians. You have seen politicians sell out. Think about those who were following Norbert Mao. We leaders have made an effort to unite for a common cause, but we are only leaders, and if you don’t follow us where we are going, we won’t succeed. Please get involved.”
Kyagulanyi concluded that they will use any upcoming elections to rally the population to end the election ‘madness’ that has bedeviled this country since independence. The current mega socioeconomic crisis is directly related to the population having no say on how their country and her resources are managed.