“It is becoming more apparent with every passing day that these elections were deeply flawed and rife with irregularities. From ballot stuffing to voter intimidation, it simply is impossible for anyone with an ounce of honour to claim the results were credible,” Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu Greg.
Kampala – 23, January 2021: The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party president also the 2021 presidential candidate has rejected final results announced by electoral commission (EC) chairman on Saturday 16 January 2021.
That day, Justice Simon Byabakama Mugenyi declared president Museveni as president elect for obtaining more votes – 58.6%. Mr Museveni was followed by Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine with 34.8%.
Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu Greg was one of the other poor performers, obtaining not even 1%.
The declaration of Mr Museveni as the winner soon attracted refusal, criticism from opposition, with Bobi Wine and FDC presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat earlier claiming it was fraudulent elections in decades.
Writing to Ugandans using his official Facebook account on Saturday, ANT’s principal wrote:
Following the recently concluded presidential and parliamentary elections, I indicated that I would be engaging in deep reflection for a few days before communicating. This has been done and I would like to share the following with you.
1. It is becoming more apparent with every passing day that these elections were deeply flawed and rife with irregularities. From ballot stuffing to voter intimidation, it simply is impossible for anyone with an ounce of honour to claim the results were credible.
2. Far from resolving our problems, these elections plunged us further into crisis. As a party, our flagbearers experienced several challenges. However, whichever way one slices it and even when adjusted for the true results, it’s clear we did not perform as we had hoped.
3. There are many possible reasons for this and our leadership will be taking stalk of the same in the coming weeks. The objective will be to understand what might have gone wrong and how best to move forward.
4. Nonetheless, we are proud of the campaign we ran and the message we shared. I was particularly moved by the many Ugandans that supported our policy platform not only by financially and logistically, but also with their vote. Thank you for being the change you want to see.
5. While we may not have garnered the amount of votes we were hoping for, we are also cognisant of the fact that we are not the only ones that were affected by the highly irregular actions of the state. We therefore support all efforts to legally and lawfully contest these results.
6. The party leadership is going to engage in a series of discussions both internally and with sister parties with whom we have working relationships. The aim will be to further the cause of change that we seek.
7. We went into these elections well aware that the change we seek will not be easy to attain. We are not only up against a regime that has entrenched its hold on Ugandans for over thirty years, but also a political culture as old as our nation. The work to be done is immense but not insurmountable.
8. Therefore, like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” We may have lost a battle, but the war continues. Until the day all Ugandans can say, we have at our helm, a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Before then, we persist.
For to do otherwise is to die while we still breathe.
God bless and keep you all.