Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine has said much as President Museveni is planning to stop him from running for president in the 2021 elections, he and other democratic forces, are determined to end his rule.
“We are even aware of plans by Museveni and his regime to amend laws so as to block our participation in the next election,” he says in a lengthy statement titled: UNDERSTANDING OUR ‘GET YOUR NATIONAL ID’ CAMPAIGN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SUDAN AND ALGERIA UPRISINGS.
In what he refers to as strategy to beat Mr Museveni, Mr Kyagulanyi says if President Museveni fell today, the next step would be to demand for free and fair elections within six months.
“If Museveni fell today, what would be the next step? The proper thing to do would be to demand for free and fair elections within six months as required by Article 109(2) of the Constitution,” he says in a statement shared on his social media platforms.
Mr Kyagulanyi, who has of late been criticised by some political forces of being against Dr Kizza Besigye, a four time presidential candidate; says in the statement, that the former president of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change, has twice won elections but the population and the opposition were not strongly rallied to protect his victory.
“I am persuaded beyond doubt that comrade Dr Kizza Besigye has won at least two elections in the past and was rigged. But I also know that the win was not as decisive as it ought to be if we confronted the despot as a more united and prepared front,” he said.
Below is Mr Kyagulanyi’s statement
I have seen a few comments on social media seemingly wondering how our call on the people to register as voters will rid Uganda of dictator Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Some have raised doubts that an election, organised by Museveni’s controlled Electoral Commission can rid our nation of Museveni and Musevenism. Indeed, there are some comrades who have suggested that we should forget about 2021 and kick Museveni out of power before the end of 2019- Algeria or Sudan style.
These are legitimate voices and we completely respect the viewpoints. I am happy that despite the real or perceived differences in strategy, there is one constant- all of us acknowledge that it is time for Museveni to go, like all the other despots before him. To me, agreeing on this fundamental point is very important.
Let me use this opportunity to clarify on a few things.
To begin with, we are not naïve. We are fully cognizant that Museveni has rigged the past elections with impunity. There is no doubt whatsoever that similar attempts will be made during the next election. Only a few days ago, Kahinda Otafiire [Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister] expressed clear lack of commitment on the part of government to implement electoral reforms as recommended by the Supreme Court after the 2016 election[s].
We are even aware of plans by Museveni and his regime to amend laws so as to block our participation in the next election.
Those who have cast doubt that an election will take place at all in 2021 also have a point. As we know, ever since we massively defeated Museveni in Kyaddondo East, Jinja-East, Bugiri, Rukungiri and Arua, he decided to illegally halt all by-elections in the new constituencies, because he could not contain the pressure caused by the [People Power] wave.
As we speak, because of the massive victories in the key guild elections in favour of People Power, several universities have been directed to disqualify People Power candidates. Where they have been nominated, the regime has deployed its cadres to bribe voters and interfere with the voting process. We are, therefore, mindful of all these factors- even as we call on you all to register as voters.
WHAT THEN IS OUR STRATEGY?
Firstly, we believe that the citizens of Uganda have a right and duty AT ALL TIMES to defend the Constitution of Uganda which Museveni has violated, abrogated with impunity and amended[ed] contrary to its provisions. It will be remembered that Article 3(4) of the Constitution bestows upon us, as citizens, the right and duty to do everything within our power to restore the constitutional order which has been violated- at all times.
That is why we called upon you, the people of Uganda, to defend the Constitution [that] was raped in 2017. That is why we have persistently mobilised peaceful assemblies to rally the masses against several violations.
At a personal level, I have supported and continue to support any cause that is intended to bring down dictatorship in Uganda! That is why our team works every day to put an end to all injustices against our people- from extortionist taxes, unemployment, etc. Putting an end to bad governance is our business – first and foremost.
In this regard, we are encouraged by the people of Algeria who in the past weeks forced a dictator to resign; and the people of Sudan who through peaceful protests forced a powerful despot to give way.
While we are aware that our brothers and sisters in those countries are yet to achieve full freedom after their efforts are being hijacked by those who wield guns, we celebrate with them the victory of removing the biggest stumbling blocks in their path to freedom.
We are encouraged by their example that it is possible for the most powerful of despots to come tumbling down in the face of People Power. On this point, we are in agreement with our comrades in the struggle who believe that action should be taken now.
That is why we do not tire in strategising, mobilising our people through various activities, and making partnerships. These are all necessary steps towards empowering and readying the people to do all in their power to defend the Constitution. We are on course.