Veteran politician Yonasani
Kanyomozi does not believe that the National Unity Platform (NUP) under Robert
Kyagulanyi can wrest power from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM)
party without bloodshed.
Kanyomozi, a Uganda People’s
Congress -UPC stalwart says anyone challenging the current regime cannot
succeed without extensive fatalities.
In an interview with Uganda Radio
Network-URN, he notes that the only way regime change can happen under the
current political situation is through a popular uprising which will result in
many casualties. Kanyomozi says this line of regime change is a steep sacrifice
and too high a cost to pay.
He believes that the 1981 to 1986
liberation war that brought the NRM to power also cost thousands of lives but
has instead made the political climate in the country much worse than before.
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Kanyomozi says Kyagulanyi faces an
uphill struggle because no matter what happens, the NRM will not hand over
power. He doubts that the Electoral Commission (EC) can be able to announce
Robert Kyagulanyi as the winner of the polls should he win the 2021
Kanyomozi believes that the result
of the presidential election has already been manipulated and the winner
predetermined in order to give the ruling party a victory.
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campaigns kicked off on 9th November and are expected to close on 12th January
2021 after which Ugandans will go to polls to elect their President and Members
of Parliament on January 14th, 2021.
will choose the next president from the eleven candidates nominated by the
Electoral Commission (EC) among whom is the incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta
Museveni who has led for 35 years.
of the key contenders in the race are NUP’s flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi,
alias Bobi Wine, Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) Patrick Oboi Amuriat,
Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu and Independent
candidate Gen. (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde.
the past one month that these presidential candidates have been campaigning,
they have been met with the brute force of the police and other security
forces. In many places where candidates especially Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu of the
National Unity Platform (NUP) and Patrick Amuriat Oboi of the Forum for
Democratic Change (FDC) have gone, they have been teargassed, or even arrested
after clashing with the police especially in regards to campaign venues and
observance of the Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
events and others that at some point have caused loss of lives have attracted
criticism from sections of the public and the international community who have
called for a peaceful democratic process and respect for human rights.
some high ranking military officers like Brig Deus Sande, the commandant of the
Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF’s Armoured Warfare Training School, Masaka
Armoured Brigade have already vowed that they are not ready to hand over power
to people like Kyagulanyi.
Sande was quoted by media reports as saying: "As
long as we are still here, we are not ready to give out power to ideologically
bankrupt people. We cannot give away Ugandans. We cannot spoil what we
struggled for many years ago. We are not ready. Do you think we are planning a
handover? No. We are planning for consolidation of what we struggled for. It is
up to the young generation to decide where they want to take Uganda but they
should know that the Uganda they live in is not what it was many years ago.
Uganda should not go the Somali way.”
Equally Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister for East African Affairs recently said that
he did not fight in the bush for a musician like Kyagulanyi to lead him.
following the widespread riots that marred the electoral campaign on 18th and
19th November after the arrest of Kyagulanyi, President Museveni warned the
protesters to stop playing with fire and reminded them that he is a skilled fighter. At least 50 people were reported to have been
killed and others hospitalized with bullet wounds in the protests brief protests.