FDC rejects Sheema by-election results
Guma Nuwagaba, the FDC candidate in Monday’s Sheema North Parliamentary by-election has denounced the outcome of the election that his party has described as a military operation.
Nuwagaba polled 7,322 votes against NRM’s Naome Kibaaju’s 11,326 votes.
Nuwagaba however is not planning to challenge the elections in court much as there are enough grounds to have the election outcome overturned.
FDC’s point of contention is the heavy deployment of both the police and military which according to the party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi turned the by-election into a military operation rather than an election.
“I want to tell the nation that this was not an election, it was a military operation. The choice is that of Mr. Museveni to choose between accepting true democracy where rights of Ugandans to associate, speak and exercise their democratic right is a given, and a situation of a revolution in this country,” Amuriat said.
“The alternative to free expression is violence, for now, we have said we are not going to exercise violence, but I want to warn that if we are pushed against the wall the way it is happening, then we might have to change our approach to politics,” Amuriat added.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Betty Ochan Aol attributed the FDC loss in the by-election on alleged bribery of voters by the NRM.
“The money which goes down and given to groups – usually to women and youth groups, it actually makes it difficult for us as the FDC to shine over and above the NRM” said Aol.
The Sheema North parliamentarian seat that fell vacant after the former area legislator Elioda Tumwesigye resigned after winning another parliamentary seat in a newly created Sheema Municipality.