State House: Muntu Has Exposed FDC Lies on Besigye 2016 Presidential Election Victory Claim
Molly Kamukama: Besigye 2016 Victory Claims Premised on a Lie
President Yoweri Museveni’s Principal Private Secretary Molly Kamukama says Mugisha Muntu’s recent pronouncements clearly show that Dr Kizza Besigye of the FDC lost the 2016 presidential election.
“The claims of ‘winning’ the 2016 elections were premised on a lie,” wrote Kamukama.
“FDC could not collect over 9000 of its DR forms to have sufficient grounds for contesting the results, or much less for declaring themselves winners.”
Kamukama’s comment was in reference to Muntu’s assertion on Tuesday that FDC had failed to gather evidence to the effect that NRM party’s candidate Museveni had rigged Besigye’s victory.
On Tuesday, Muntu issued a statement announcing he had quit the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.
“When we set about gathering our evidence, we found ourselves in a situation where we could not collect or locate over 9,000 DR forms,” said Muntu.
“The logical thing to have done after we had been cheated in the 2016 general elections would have been to do an assessment of our situation and plug our weak points.
“Instead, we slid back into our internal fights as had been happening in the last five years.”
In 2016, Besigye swore himself in as president and he still faces treason charges for his controversial inauguration.
According to the FDC faction of party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Besigye polled just over 50 per cent of the total valid votes casts while Museveni managed about 45 per cent.
“If you remove the ones where there was outright tampering of results and leave even those where there is incremental manipulation of results you find that we end at 52 per cent of the vote based at least on the results we have,” said Besigye in 2016.
“Museveni I think at 44 per cent or 45 per cent and in this we are not even factoring the disenfranchisement in Jinja, Wakiso and Kampala where we are strong. We are not factoring in results not added onto the tally.”