Many reporters called me this morning to give them a comment on the news of the Ugandan opposition and their other Partners forming an alliance against NRM and President for the coming elections. Below is the brief comment I gave out;
“That’s not new and it can never be a threat to NRM. The fact that an alliance is formed on an adhoc basis only aiming at fighting an individual called President Museveni without any other substantive and principle driven interests for the parties to coalesce on, makes their whole move hollow. They did it last elections with IPC but it even collapsed before the campaigns could end.Frank Tumwebaze has given his view about opposition Alliance
Elections are not worn by schemes and conspiracies but rather by superior ideas sold in manifestos. Whether an alliance or no alliance, any political group can win power if it addresses what the citizenry wants. The problem with Ugandan opposition as well as those political contenders that fall out with NRM and eventually join them, is that they don’t stand for the people’s interests. They instead want to use the people to buy into “their own” political outfits mainly for self power ambitions. This is where President Museveni and NRM beat them. Unfortunately for them, they have never realized this.
That’s why you hear some of them dreaming Of civil Disobedience in Uganda. Unlike in those countries where civil disobedience mainly and solely driven by the citizens themselves has caused regime change, the Ugandan situation is diffident. It’s the opposition leaders that desperately try to mobilize people to go on the streets without success. Citizen Disobedience is never coached. It becomes instant and is always unstoppable. And it’s always as a result of long time peoples anger derived from the conditions they leave in. If their livelihood conditions are unpleasant, automatically the citizens will rebel without being induced or lured by any other external force.
So however much the Ugandan opposition and their partners invest in trying to mimic a desperate situation for Ugandans, the reality will always sell them out. That is why besigye and team always procure goons to go on the streets and fail to sustain it. Angry citizens demanding for their rights and livelihood, don’t want leadership or money from donors of the God Tumushabes, to come out massively to fight for what they want. So those groups can do whatever they want to get donor money and build mansions as Besigye has always done but should forget their illusions of civil disobedience”Frank Tumwebaze has given his opinion on the pending opposition for next year’s general elections
Meanwhile Frank said; The record of NRM in reforming our country’s previously shattered electoral process is unequalled and well known. In addition to the many fundamental electoral reforms that the NRM introduced like; One ballot box for all, voting on the same day and declaring results on the same day by close of voting time, we recently introduced and implemented yet another fundamental reform of National Identity Card. It is a real master strategy in addressing problems of multiple voting and impersonation. Those that continue to clamor for reforms but yet again fail to acknowledge or support this electoral fraud proof system which identifies every person of voting age and captures all his/her Bio-metrics leaving no chance of impersonation, become real jokers. Previously, the electoral commission has been using pictures/photos only as a slight improvement from the past, to deal with the question of identity. But this alone was not 100% fraud proof, given the fact that some people (like twins) can look alike and therefore confuse the election officials. The National Identity exercise added on the Bio-metrics. These cannot be impersonated. It is a great mile stone indeed and the real reform to talk of. Therefore, anybody serious about fighting election fraud should embrace those real reforms and not engage in unlawful street fights. I don’t see what else can be better than this, in real scientific experience of fighting electoral fraud.