President Museveni has sent a congratulatory message to the opposition Uganda People’s Congress party for winning the Oyam North by-election.
On Thursday night, UPC’s Apio was declared the winner of the by-election with 15718 votes against his closest rival, NRM’s Samuel Engola Okello Junior, with 15176 votes.
The president expressed concern over incidents of pre-ticked ballots discovered on election day.
“Congratulations to our allies, the UPC, and to the candidate, Eunice Apio, for winning the Oyam by-elections. Congratulations also to the NRM and the candidate Engola Junior, because the difference between the two was very small,” Museveni said in his message.
“I condemn and demand action against the lawbreakers that are said to have ticked the ballots on behalf of the voters. This is treason, and no NRM should ever take part in that crime. It is the Opposition that has been doing that around Kampala, with the incompetent NRM officials failing to catch them.” He added.
Uncovered news has displayed the full congulation message of President Museveni in full, as shown below:
“Congratulations to our allies, the UPC, and to the candidate, Eunice Apio, for winning the Oyam by-elections. Congratulations also to the NRM and the candidate, Engola Junior, because the difference between the two was very small.
If UPC cheated in any way, the NRM can follow the legal channels. I condemn and demand action against the lawbreakers who are said to have tallied the ballots on behalf of the voters. This is treason, and no NRM should ever take part in that crime.
It is the Opposition that has been doing that around Kampala, with the incompetent NRM officials failing to catch them. If the voters cannot do so genuinely and influence the choice of the candidates and Parties, then how can the People guarantee their future and discipline their leaders? This is why the NRM went to the bush. Vote rigging, bribery, violence, lies, etc. must be banished from our elections.
I insist that all voting must be electronic, using thumb prints. How, then, does the pre-ticking come in? Are some People still allowing non-electronic voting?
In recent years, UPC has been positive and not disruptive, as has DP. That is why I congratulate them, although I would have preferred the NRM to win. Nevertheless, both the UPC and the DP should pay attention to what I said at Icheme recently.
The sabotage of the UNC by the DP in 1954 and the sabotage of the UNLF in 1980 by both the UPC and the DP denied Uganda a broad-based political force that could guarantee peace in Uganda, the way Tanu and Afro-Shirazi did in Tanzania. The two of them, again since 1994 (the CA time), have been trying to sabotage the broad-based NRM, but the People of Uganda have rejected their efforts.
Therefore, the surviving UPC and DP members—people like Rwakasisi, John Kawanga, and Joyce Ssebugwawo (KY)—should sensitize their members about the historical mistakes that disadvantaged Uganda.
What would Uganda have lost if the UNC in 1954 or the UNLF in 1980 had remained united? What would Uganda, East Africa, Africa, and even the individual actors (Muteesa, Obote, Amin, Ben Kiwanuka on the Uganda side, and elders from Kenya and Tanzania—Mzee Kenyatta, Mwalimu Nyerere, etc.) have lost if the East African Federation had been actualized in 1963 as the Declaration of Federation proclaimed? So many lost opportunities and a lot of unnecessary trouble.
The NRM in Oyam and the rest of the Country should concentrate on wealth and get away from the sterile and nonsensical politics of cheap popularity—giving money, attending burials, etc.
In Oyam, I drove for 27 kilometers from Col. Engola’s home to Icheme and to Otwal, looking at the different sides of the road. I only saw some little patches of Muhogo (cassava) and maize. That is why at Otwal, I asked the question, “Cente (sente), tie kwene?” “Where do you get money?”
What has Operation Wealth Creation been doing in that area? No coffee, no fruits, no poultry, no piggery, no dairy, and no fish farming In other words, no PDM.
As I told the Oyam People, I am going back in August to get an answer to that question. The chairman told me about watermelons and soy beans. Those are not part of the activities of PDM. What is the cura (Kibaro)?
I also noticed some irresponsible people encroaching on the wetlands. They must get out. We need the swamps as dero (granary, store of water) for irrigation, not for rice and crops. Crops are for the dry land.
Towards the end of next week, I will make a broadcast on anti-terrorism and crime. Stay tuned.
I am here in Kisozi, deworming my cattle. Yesterday, I was at a point where I could watch Katonga Bridge (Gomba side, upstream). We, the Gomba and allied People of Butambala, Ssembabule, etc., are happy to have given Uganda and East Africa an alternative route when the Katonga Bridge, near the Equator, flooded. I saw so many trucks, buses, etc. yesterday crossing the Katonga Bridge in Gomba.
The cattle industry in Uganda will be a big moneymaker for dairy and beef.
While here, I got the sad news of the death of Aponye, our big supporter and active economic actor. Condolences to his family and Ugandans in general. May his soul rest in eternal peace”.
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