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OWEYEGHA-AFUNADUULA: What are Elections for in Uganda: The Case of Bukedea Constituency

By Oweyegha-Afunaduula

Good question: How special is Bukedea in Uganda that the President of Uganda, Tibuhaburwa Museveni, should write a letter to his head of the Anti-Corription Crusade in State House, Brigadier Isoke, to investigate the excesses of party cadres in the by-election that saw NRM’s candidate win by 91%, but not before an alternative candidate being ravaged and robbed in the full view of the Electoral Commission?

The truth is that Ugandans everywhere in the country have come to accept that such excesses in every election organised by NRM erected Electoral Commissions since 1996 when President Tibuhaburwa offered himself to electoral politics. However, the President has never intervened with a pen to demand such investigation. One may ask: Can NRM win any election without acts that have moved the President, this time around, to intervene the way he has? We might regret for the day we accepted the militarisation of politics in general and elections in particular in Uganda.

Bukedea will be not the last to be a scene ballot box stuffing or acts of terrorism against candidates who challenge NRM candidates in election because for NRM elections are a matter of life and death. Election, which they want won by their candidates must be won at all costs, even if it involves abusing the right of choice and the right of resistance of the people of Uganda.

In a way elections have become a ready means of imposing leaders on the people of Uganda for reasons that do not concern them. What Ugandans everywhere, even in government, should be asking is multidimensional:

1. Why have elections in Uganda become a matter of life and death in Uganda?

2. Why have Ugandans been deprived of the right to genuinely choose their leaders?

3. Should Ugandans continue to have faith in elections which deprive them of their sovereign right to decide who lead them?

4. How long should Ugandans continue hiding the truism that Uganda is under military rule, and that elections do not remove this fact?

For God and My Country

The Writer Is a Ugandan Scientist And Environmentalist

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