Opposition should boycott elections

Produced by John Nsubuga(UAH forumist)


That remains my official stand, by going into this election you make Museveni a very democratic man.This  election is not about creating a difference in Uganda but to confirm the crumbs falling off the table of Museveni to the opposition. If the entire opposition today declares that this election is going to be useless so we are out of it, they lose the parliamentary seats and they lose the direct and indirect incomes from Uganda Government. How will Wafula Ogutu survive without the branch of FDC? How will Dr Kiiza Besigye survive without the branch of Uganda government? And these are real straight questions. I have spent many man-hours in UAH telling you that we need to find out the source of income of our politicians before we elect them, and you laughed at me calling me a man that is discriminating all BodaBoda operators from the presidency. And today you are stuck in the very scenario I have been preaching to you on a daily basis. Uganda has failed to have an effective opposition for it is employed by Uganda government. Dr Kiiza Besigye’s wife has a job thanks to Museveni. Norbert Mao’s wife has a job thanks to YoweriMuseveni. Buganda has a Kingdom thanks to Yoweri Museveni. Now Toro has a King thanks to Yoweri Museveni. Museveni delivers each and every thing from the air Besigye breathes into his nose to the air Wafulla Ogutu breathes out of his nose.

Uganda opposition needs Museveni more than he needs it, and these days he even got the Olara Otunu caviar that moved from New York to go and join the growing democracy in Uganda which allows him to campaign freely. You allowed your selves to be encircled by this man from your selves kneeling before him for you have seen the face of Ssabassajja to Wafula Ogutu that eats from FDC. And this circus is going to be culminated by the coming election which will reinstate the Movement to power, then you will have four loose cannons running around Kampala pubs. Dr  Kiiza Besigye a leader of the then losing FDC and Olara Otunu the leader of the then losing UPC with Ssabassajja Mutebi a looser of Federalism and Norbert Mao that will lose as well in DP. Now realize one important thing, that as these politicians eat the crumbs from Museveni’s table, no one of them will be stepping to parliament for they will all not be elected as MPs. So who is Magulunyondo in Uganda, is it Ssabassajja Mutebi or Yoweri Kaguta T. Museveni?

Removing a government of Museveni out of power must be multifaceted, the opposition does the home part, Ugandans in Diaspora in forums as UAH do their part, but let you never ignore the influence of the foreign support of the Movement. And my fear in Ssemuwemba’s notice is that he is failing to recognize the importance of foreign governments in building Museveni. If the opposition refuses to stand today, Museveni will yes win that election but he will be singled out as a straight dictator. And that can do a much larger damage to this government than Dr Kiiza Besigye crying  tears with a white hand kerchief all day all night on Television screens. Let us remember that last election was justified as a democratic election for a very single reason, Besigye was arrested released and allowed to compete. But even if look at past elections, if FDC has been complaining about vote rigging, after the election, why do you even join the one you already know it will be rigged? Does that add up to you?

It all comes from one problem. Ugandans demand for change but they don’t invest into that change, they cannot understand that one plus one always must equal to two. When I call for an evaluation of politicians income they do not want that till when the Wafulla Oguttus become suckers of money from the system and sit comfortably.  It is that investment to the future why I took the stand on appointing Olara Oluru from a Nairobi hotel, for we know it is going to fire back at a later time. But Ugandans failed to realize my stand and turned it into EM supports MP Jimmy Akena than Olara Otunu. I challenge any one to post where I stated that I support or want MP Jimmy Akena to stand and lead the party. I have stood against the system UPC used in Uganda and we all must stand and condemn it, that it was wrong no matter who was chosen. UPC does not choose its leaders from a Nairobi hotel but in a delegates conference created right from the parish level. And Olara Otunu did not use it.

We are moving one step forward but when we elect Olara Otunu from a Nairobi hotel it moves us five steps backwards.

Edward Mulindwa


7 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Wafula Ogutu,

    This matter is not entirely off the agenda of opposition Parties. We are still hoping NRM leaders will see some sense and consider our electoral reforms including overhauling the Electoral Commission. IPC, IPOD are all dialogue efforts towards finding a win -win solution and avoiding a boycott.

  2. okurut simon peter,

    Ndugu Wafula

    I read Dr. Badru Kiggundu’s threat to drag parties to court if they(parties) do not report the source of their funds. To my surprise, nearly all parties hurriedly explained their position and how soon they will send the few missing reports. This is lack of consistency. I thought the parties should ask Kiggundu to address the illegality of his EC, and that parties would only respond after a respected Electoral Commission has been constituted. I am very sure that the threat of boycotting elections will not take effect even if NRMO does not accept reforms.



    One question I always ask here is, is FDC there to get hold of power or its about changing and transforming the country into something that will be cherished by all.

    Then if its about total change and they are already talking that the elections are rigged before they even take place, then why even bother to take part. Is this not total confusion and trying to use that as an excuse just to get their way into state house

    I remember when my former boss back in the 90’s told us at a wedding of one of our colleagues that if you would like to enjoy your sugar cane then you had better start chewing it from the top to the bottom but most people always prefer starting from the bottom then end up to the top where by its not sweet anymore.
    That’s what I see FDC doing here and my worry is why the rush to get to the state house when you know you have nothing set and that not only but very sure that its nothing to impossible at this time as said by them due to the conditions of the situation at hand.

    John Lema.

  4. Oba PaAb,

    Very funny.

    The election cannot be avoided. All election flaws or anything that would lead to election theft, must be pointed out. That is right thing to do, and would really set the foundation for a more robust responses to election rigging – something that would turn the entire nation upside down, like it did in Kenya.

    If the country must decend into election violent so be it. Change cannot come when men and women of the country all walk and talk like idiots! When all other solutions are not possible, violence cannot be avoided. That is how the message is going to be passed to the international community that feeds the regime financially – that things are not at all in order in the country. Remember, those who feed the regime financially must know and take note that things aren’t the way they are being duped to believe. And the only way to send that message is to pump fire under the regime, especially if and when elections are rigged. Elections are always opportune moments.

    Which means, either the election must be free and fair, or the country goes to the dog before it can be rescued. Does last year’s september uprising rings a bell? That is the political background needed, for change to be brought in eventually peacefully. You don’t put your tail between your legs and expect change to come!


  5. Stephen Twinoburyo,

    Dear Mr. Edward Mulindwa

    Thank you for your article but I have to disagree with you. Boycotting elections has never been a solution. There are many ways to remove an undemocratic government, a democratic process like elections being on of them.

    I agree with you on only one point – that the foreign factor is important. What reason then will the opposition give the foreign donors for boycotting elections. This process must be used to try and change the situation in Uganda. Part of the reason Museveni has lost foreign credibility is because of the way he has handled the past elections. He has only managed to convince himself and his supporters that they won legitimately but the rest of the world is not convinced.

    If you look around the world, in all instances where the opposition has boycotted elections, the ruling party has gone on to stage elections and continued ruling. Conditions must really be unbearable, for the opposition to boycott elections.

    I really think that the opposition has a realistic chance this time if they can form a united front. That’s what we should advocate for.

    Stephen Twinoburyo

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  6. Well said Mr Mulindwa..
    Descent people don’t participate in elections with a tyrant that is a known heavy weight war criminal and a non Ugandan.
    They’re shamelessly legalising a dictator and betraying Ugandans

  7. Ssebuliba Joseph,

    Dear UAT,

    For me what i think these opposition guys should do is to bring one person whom they see is eligible like in kenya all parties brought Kibaki! But opposition guys are also gready for money and power ! that guy museveni has sacks of money is going to give them money and you’ll see them turning to each other,they also get some financial assistance from abroad so they can’t loose it ,so that’s why they participate,its all the same EYAFFA NEYA SIKA!for God and My Country.

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