New storm breaks over Uganda’s electoral commission
Presidential campaigns: Day 1
By Hassan Isilow
It is a busy season here in Uganda. Today marked the official start of the presidential campaigns and I was very much interested in listening to UPC’S flag bearer Dr.Olara Otunnu. Like elsewhere in the world, opposition candidates never seem to run out of words. This time Ambassador Otunnu, asked questions about the transparency of Uganda’s Independent electoral commission. Mr. Otunnu claimed the current electoral commission cannot hold a free and fair election, because the commission reportedly “belongs” to President Yoweri Museveni who is seeking re-election after serving for 25 years. Now it has also emerged the Uganda People’s Congress party (UPC) has been travelling around the country soliciting for signatures seeking a vote of no confidence in the current electoral commission headed by Dr.Badru Kiggundu-who is viewed by many as being President Museveni’s friend/supporter.
Why Otunnu left IPC
He withdrew from the Interparty cooperation because; it was silent about serious issues. “The IPC avoided addressing serious issues like the Luwero genocide, massacre of Muslims in Mbarara, killing of civilians in Northern Uganda and Teso region” Ambassador Otunnu revealed. He also accused IPC members of refusing to boycott the elections unless the current electoral commission was reconstituted. He suggested Uganda institutes a truth and re-conciliation commission if national healing is to occur. The former UN Diplomat now turned politician pledged to turn Uganda into a free enterprise economy once elected. He described President Yoweri Museveni’s 25-year -rule as corrupt.