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Uganda’s Opposition Leader Announce His Stand on The Next Election. Here are the details

Kevin Ochieng

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As the Ugandans are preparing for their presidential general elections next, the opposition leader Kizza Besigye has come out clear on his stand.

Mr. Besigye  will not participate in the upcoming elections which is likely to be held early next year.

The opposition leader who has contested for the top seat four times, made the announcement yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Najjanankumbi. 

According to the Daily Monitor, he stated that he had realised that an election will not liberate the country and therefore he has decided to use other means. 

In several instances, the opposition leader has accused the Ugandan electoral body of malpractices and biasness.

“This country will not be free by electoral commission officials announcing a new winner who is not Museveni, or himself coming to hand over power,” he said.

Mr. Besigye said he had a different plan to ensure the current president leaves power. 

In 2016, after the presidential election, Besigye was put under virtual house arrest and was  later charged with treason.

According to the election commision chairman, Simon Byabakama Mugenyi, the country will hold a presidential election between January 10 and February 8, 2021. 

Earlier on, he had banned campaign rallies and urged candidates to use media instead to get their messages to voters during this period of Covid-19 pandemic.

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It has also been confirmed that Uganda’s long-serving President Yoweri Museveni will be on the ballot.

President Museveni submitted his nomination papers last month under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate in next year’s election. 

If he wins the elections, this would extend his tenure to four decades in power.

The 75- year old President will face the strongest opposition presidential aspirant Robert Kyagulanyi famously known as  Bobi Wine.

The 38-year-old, a pop star and lawmaker is popular with young Ugandans for his songs about social justice.

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