2021 polls: UNAA’s post-nomination statement described “lukewarm, false”

Bobi Wine has big task ahead of him for presidency. Courtesy photo.

Lira – 6 November 2020: On Tuesday 3 November, the electoral commission (EC) chairman Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi concluded the nomination of presidential candidates for next elections.

The nomination event saw two presidential candidates: Kyaggulanyi Robert Ssemtamu aka Bobi Wine (NUP) and Patrick Oboi Amuriat (FDC) arrested, brutalized and their supporters arrested too, and tortured in equal volume.

Soon, this was condemned by Uganda’s joint security team in a press statement issued later.

Hundreds of Ugandans too, condemned the security actions using different social media platforms.

Similarly, Ugandans in the Diaspora: Uganda North America Association (UNAA) through their president, Henrietta Nairuba Wamala issued a statement on 3 November, ‘appreciating the electoral commission’.

“Uganda North America Association is the largest non-political and non-profit formal association of Ugandans in the Diaspora. Our organization aims to promote the social, cultural and economic development of the Ugandan community in North America and beyond,” Henrietta says on her statement.

Among our objectives, she says is the objective “to counsel and advise relevant government on policies and regulations affecting UNAA membership”.

“UNAA achieves this objective by engaging the Ugandan policy makers on issues that affect us and such right to vote, dual citizenship, ID, visa cost fees, land issues, diaspora resettlement issues, to mention but a few,” she says.

“Therefore, because of the above objective, we feel that in light of counsel we would also like to see a free, fair, peaceful and calm elections in Uganda in 2021 as the Uganda electoral commission just cleared eleven (11) presidential candidates today 11/3/2020,” UNAA president continued.

She asked the candidates to follow EC guidelines and promote “a transparent electoral process for the good of Ugandans as they canvass for votes”.

The UNAA president called for “no police brutality, and acts of impunity during this process”.

“We ask that citizens can exercise their constitutional right and freedom of expression without deployment of excessive force by the police. We condemn and discourage any acts of violence and lawlessness and pray that impartiality is exercised by all responsible Ugandans in the course of the process,” she asks.

With a call by a section of UNAA membership demanding for the deregistration of UNAA for involving herself in the politics of Uganda, and yet its organisation is breaking, one member has described the president’s statement as “lukewarm and has falsehood”.

Mr James William Mugeni who represents Central Pains to UNAA Council, spoke to TND News on Thursday.

“An absolute lukewarm statement and has some falsehood in it,” Mr Mugeni says.

He added: “She congratulated EC for giving all candidates the same treatment yet candidates Bobi Wine and FDC Amuriat Patrick Oboi and team are nursing wounds; the presidential nomination was a fraud.”

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