14 March 2018

Uganda: Vote Mwiru and Ashame Court, Besigye Tells Jinja East Voters

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Nathan Igeme Nabeta (NRM) and Paul Mwiru's (FDC) supporters marching on the streets of Jinja.

Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Kizza Besigye yesterday urged Jinja East residents to vote Paul Mwiru in Thursday's by-election as a way of showing him 'justice'.

While addressing thousands of Mwiru's supporters at Busoga Square in Jinja, Besigye said: "Mwiru won the February 2016 election with a big margin but when they nullified his rival's victory, court had the option of declaring him winner but disappointed him by not doing so yet they knew he won the election. So on Thursday, show him justice by letting the whole world know that he was the 2016 winner."

Besigye also appreciated Mwiru for not being 'fearful and money hungry' like other leaders. "The cause of problems in the country is leaders who are fearful and greedy for money and end up being compromised. Mwiru decided to go to court which is expensive. But he managed to win at the highest court though the ruling party wanted to bribe him but he refused."

FDC party president, Mr Patrick Amuriat, urged people to elect Mwiru because he is a competent, brave, and articulate man who cares for people.

The former FDC party president, Gen Mugisha Muntu, said voting Mwiru will be an indication that President Museveni cannot bribe all Ugandans as he did when he bribed over 317 MPs to amend the Constitution.

In his address, Mr Mwiru said he is the only person among the eight contestants who can perform the four roles of a Member of Parliament which he said include legislation, monitoring taxpayers' money and representing people among others.

"I'm the only person who can represent people of Jinja because I can debate (in parliament) and represent your views better other than sending a person who is a 'deaf'. When you vote me, I will have signed a social contract with you and it is only on the basis of that social contract that I will govern this constituency and represent your interests in Parliament," he said.

The Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, urged Ugandans to avoid waiting for octogenarians to decide for them.

"How can you say you cannot liberate your country when President Museveni, in the 80s mobilized few people to take over the country? I want to assure you that you have power but don't believe in yourselves," he said.

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