Muntu says that it was by design, that the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni wins in particular areas and also downplays particular candidates including those in the presidential and parliamentary race.
The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential
candidate Gen. Gregg Mugisha Muntu has said that the just concluded election
was greatly manipulated and does not in any way, reflect the will of the
Muntu says that it was by design, that the incumbent Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni wins in particular areas and also downplays particular
candidates including those in the presidential and parliamentary race.
Gen. Muntu made the statement in an interview with Uganda
Radio Network-URN this morning, regarding his loss in a race in which he came fourth
with a cumulative total of 65,334 votes representing 0.65 of the total votes
According to the results that were declared by the Electoral
Commission, the presidential race election was won by the NRM Candidate Yoweri Museveni
with 5,851,037 votes (58.64 percent). He was then followed by National Unity
Platform's -NUP Robert Kyagulanyi with 3,475,298 votes (34.83 per cent) and
Forum for Democratic Change's -FDC Patrick Oboi Amuriat with 323,536 votes
(3.24 per cent).
Muntu’s party, the Alliance for National Transformation did
not secure a single parliamentary seat, despite fronting what was initially
seen as stronger candidates in several parts of the country. The party’s
bigwigs who lost the race include Gerald Karuhanga, Paul Mwiru, and Kassiano
Wadri, among others.
“There was a lot of manipulation in the electoral process,
the use of money is still heavy in our electoral process which is
unfortunate. It has two ways that one can look at it; the regime which uses taxpayer’s money and a population which is easily influenced by
money," Muntu says.
The former Army Commander adds that the use of the military
in many places during campaigns as something that undermined the electoral
process. He specifically pointed out Ntungamo district where he said that men
in uniform were used to manipulate the process in order to defeat Gerald
Karuhanga. Muntu also points
to pre-ticked ballots in the areas of Ruhaama, Isingiro, Nyabushozi and others.
“The issue of…
Muntu cites a need to change the electoral process to become
meaningful. “Some of us are in this thing for the long haul. What worries
me most is the culture that has taken root in the whole process. To find that
the process is so fraud, but results have been announced already, so we are
going to sit as a party and determine which direction to take,” he said.
Gen. Muntu also said that his party is going to listen to
other parties in the opposition to understand which action they want to take
and then harmonize.
“But overall the…
The declared results by the electoral body indicate that out
of the registered 18,103,603 voters across the country, 10,359,479 people cast
their vote and 9,978,093 of these were counted as valid votes. This means that
381,386 were invalid.
The country has a total of 34,684 polling stations and the
declared results are from 33,427 polling stations. Votes from 1,257 polling
stations across the country were not included in the presidential results. Some
of the affected polling stations are Wakiso (271), Kampala (50), Mukono (81),
Bunyangabu (87) and others.