Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, the Forum for Democratic Change - FDC Spokesperson also Kira Municipality MP argues that the move is undoubtedly being mooted to exclusively benefit Museveni whose advanced age may not favor him to traverse the vast country in 2026 to canvass for votes.
Roadblocks have been mounted around all access roads in the precincts of the NUP offices and the main old Kira Road. No pedestrian, cyclist or vehicle is allowed to use the Old Kira Road stretch from Kamwokya to Bukoto, an area now surrounded by heavily armed police, local defence and military personnel.
Party spokesperson and Nakawa East Elect Joel Ssenyonyi said they have declared Wednesday a day of prayers and fasting to seek God’s intervention for the country that is covered by human rights abuses, extra judicial killings, and bad governance.
NUP spokesman and MP Elect for Nakawa West, Joel Ssenyonyi says that profiteers from security organs are peddling the Kyagulanyi swearing hoax to scare the president into causing the release of operational funds which they would use for their own benefit.
The said polling stations account for 22,103 registered voters and are part of the 83 stations across the country whose results were nullified by the Electoral Commission. The highest number of these were from Kawempe North.
When our reporter revisited the polling station, the revelation threw whoever heard about it into laughter wondering where Katumba got such votes. “Are you talking about Katumba oyee? They asked, before erupting into laughter. That is not possible, another resident exclaimed. Several bodaboda riders near the polling station were amazed that this had happened in their area.
Lawyers for President-elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni have said that they are to oppose amendments to the presidential petition made by their counterparts representing National Unity Platform-NUP party leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
According to the 1995 constitution as amended in 2017, a presidential candidate not satisfied with the results of the Electoral Commission has up to 15 days to file a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the results after they have been declared. The Electoral Commission declared Museveni the winner of the 2021 presidential election on January 16 with 58 % of the valid votes while Kygaulanyi the runner-up had 35%. Therefore, Kyagulanyi had up to January 31 to file his petition. However, the above deadline fell on a Sunday prompting him through his lawyers to ask court to file the petition on Saturday January 30, which was denied.
Ugandans went to polls on 14th January to elect their next president and on 16th January, the Electoral Commission- EC Chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the election with 5,851,037 votes representing 58.64 percent against Kyagulanyi’s 3,475,298 votes representing 34.85 percent.
Indeed one of the presidential candidates who is also a Member of this House had his freedom of movement curtailed by Security from the evening of 14th January 2021 until a Court Order was issued on Monday 25th January withdrawing the security personnel from his residence,” said Kadaga.
"There is no other area in Uganda where people are voted when they are not ethnically in that area like it is in Buganda. We have had many MPs who are not Baganda who have been elected in Buganda through the years, which is not very common in other areas,” Mayiga said.
Museveni was contesting with 10 other candidates in the race for the country's top office. According to declared results by EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, Museveni won the with 5,851,037 votes (58.64 per cent).
Only 10,359,479 voters participated in the polls, out of the 18,103,603 voters registered voters across the country. The figures indicate that the Thursday poll had a voter turnout of 57.22 per cent less than the 2016 election’s where the turn out stood at 62.61 per cent and 2006 when up to 69.2 per cent of all registered voters were able to participate.
Upon arrival at the polling station, voters are expected to join a queue and access a handwashing sanitizing zone. From here, they will go to the Biometric Voter Verification Kit (BVVK) table for verification. This process involves confirming if the person is of voting age and that their names appear on the voter's register.
165 polling stations, mainly in Kampala and Wakiso, have more than 1200 registered voters which are above the ceiling of voters supposed to be at a particular polling station in urban areas (and 900 in rural areas) according to Electoral Commission (EC) data.
“I wish all of you successful voting. Be at your polling stations by 6.30 a.m. and after voting please wait for the official announcements of the Independent Electoral Commission. Our Polling Agents should be extra vigilant at the polling stations. They should be there by 6.00 am to witness the delivery of the election materials at the polling stations,” Museveni said.
Ugandans go to polls to elect their president and Members of Parliament on Thursday 14th, 2021. The incumbent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is contending with 10 others for the country’s top office.