Besigye Blasts Western Powers for ‘Condoning Museveni Election Rigging’
Besigye: Western Nations Must Revisit their Templates on Elections
Four-time presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has hit at the West for sweeping Uganda’s electoral malpractice under the carpet in the name of stability.
Speaking at at Hotel Intercontinental, Nairobi, during the launch of a book on Kenya’s elections on Monday, Besigye said the West must change their policy on Uganda’s electoral democracy.
Whereas ignoring electoral fraud maintained a semblance of stability by maintaining the status quo, argued Besigye, it was responsible for dealing a blow to Uganda’s democracy.
As such, added Besigye, such stability is unsustainable.
“Let Western nations revisit their template on elections and invest in sustainable peace and stability underpinned by justice,” said Besigye in his keynote address.
“There can never be peace and stability without justice.”
Since falling out with now three-decade leader Yoweri Museveni, Besigye has accused the former bush war general for whom he was a personal physician, of gross electoral malpractices.
After the 2016 presidential poll, Besigye was put under house arrest.
He would later swear himself in as the people’s president, an action for which he still faces treason charges.
At the launch, Besigye accused Museveni of “using big money to perpetrate corruption”.
On attempts by opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta to forge unity after a divisive poll, Besigye congratulated the two principals but challenged them to go beyond their handshake and ensure that Kenya get’s “meaningful and long-lasting change”.
Journalist John Onyando’s Kenya: The failed Quest for Electoral Justice lays the injustices in Kenya’s 2017 election bare.
Funded by the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Onyando’s book terms last year’s poll as the worst in multiparty Kenya.
Other issues covered in the book include: the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential campaign, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) controversies, and press coverage of the poll.
The author was part of the Nasa campaign team.
“I have warned that if that vacuum [in Kenya’s electoral systems] is not filled, Raila will go back to it. He is the most astute politician I ever worked with. I think the others are his students,” said Onyando of Odinga.
The launch was attended by for chief Justice Willy Mutunga and Narc-K leader Martha Karua.