Gulu—21 November 2020: “Uganda had successive elections since 1994 (for Constituent Assembly) and 1996 for Presidential and Parliamentary elections and every other 5 years,” says Uganda’s ambassador in London, H.E Julius Peter Moto.
The envoy says the country did not experience any violence unlike was witnessed on 18 Nov 2020.
“No one should die or get maimed during an election. I do not in any way support crimes against unarmed political activists,” he told TND News.
Mr Moto said all politicians should adhere to electoral laws and regulations issued by the Electoral Commission; and of recent SOPs to reduce the spread of COVID-19 amongst the citizens.
“Elections should be peaceful and all candidates should refrain from making careless statements that agitate age groups to spark and fuel conflicts,” he advises.
He further stated that elections are supposed to be a civil means of establishing leaders in position to serve citizens and visitors in the country from time to time.
Once elected, he says leaders must serve above themselves and their families. They should be accountable to the citizens.
“Most Ugandans do not really care any bit on the 35-year rule of President Museveni. What they care about is the sustained peace and stability with everyone going about doing what they love. President Museveni should be credited for this.”
The envoy, who also represents Uganda to Ireland, urged all Ugandans to cherish peaceful messages during and after elections, adding Uganda is big enough with lots of opportunities for everyone.
“Having witnessed all the conflicts Uganda underwent, I feel it is my responsibility to author this,” he added.
“We do not want Uganda to become a killing field and to regress again as we experienced in the decades after 1971. Rebuilding an agrarian economy, with teaming millions of young people, actually, the largest in the world shall take a long time, from 30 to 45 years or more.”
If agriculture is not their passion, he says, the young people are particularly encouraged to retool in trade skills that are in demand in the labor market in the world.
The incoming President and or administration may be useful to you once you have a trade skill that can add value to his or her manifesto in developing Uganda and the world.