The Forum for Democratic Change four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kiiza Besigye, has criticized his colleagues in the opposition who mocked the National Unity Platform (NUP) for petitioning court over the recent presidential election results.
NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi who lost to the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in the January 14 election, petitioned the Supreme Court this week to annul the results.
However, some critics said this was a waste of time since the court has rejected similar petitions in the past.
“I have heard people say those going to court are wasting time, I am not of the view. Let them go to court. All avenues help,” Besigye told a press in Kampala .
Besigye and FDC’s former presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat addressed the press alongside Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
Incumbent Museveni won the elections with 6,042,898 votes (58.38%) of the valid votes cast, beating Kyagulanyi who scored 3,631,437 votes (35.08%). Amuriat was third with 337,589 votes (3.26%).
During the press briefing, the FDC officials claimed that “the whole elections exercise was a sham, characterized by bribery, intimidation by military, and brutality of candidates and journalists.”
Besigye said he wants “citizens to have power over their wealth and powers to determine how to be governed, how and what each one should share.”
He said these basic powers are the ones that everyone is fighting for. He said this is not a partisan struggle, but it’s for everyone regardless of political affiliation.
“Today I heard the EU has gone to visit Kyagulanyi. Visit and then what?” Besigye wondered, calling upon the East African Community, African Union, and the international community not to look on as Ugandans are being “terrorized” by the government.
“There should never have been a candidate to run against Lukwago,” Besigye said, speaking on the need for the opposition to unite against the ruling government.