Muntu free and fair elections
We cannot have free and fair elections in 2021, says Gen Mugisha Muntu of ANT party. File Photo

We cannot have free and fair elections in 2021, says Gen Mugisha Muntu of ANT party

The national coordinator of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party Gen Mugisha Muntu has ruled out any chance of the country having free and fair elections in the upcoming 2021 Uganda general elections.

While addressing a group of journalists at the Uganda Journalist Association offices in Kawempe on Thursday 20th, Gen Muntu implied that a lot of complaints have been made by opposition parties since the 2016 elections but only a few of them have been addressed by those in charge. 

Gen Muntu said that besides adding the word independent to the Electoral Commission, there is no other substantive amendment that has been done to help in the drive to achieve the free and fair elections.

He noted that even the proposed constitutional and political reforms by opposition political parties, NGOs and civil society to the ground level haven’t been considered by the government.

“I think the only amendment which was done was to add the word independent to the Electoral Commission. But in substance, no substantive amendment has been done,” Gen Muntu highlighted. 

As a result of the persistent unfairness when it comes to elections, Gen Muntu advised fellow opposition members to only get organized and unite to be in a position to effect change in governance.

“Our belief is when the time is right, when opposition parties are well organized and well-coordinated despite the ground not being unlevelled, we can overwhelm the regime, despite the impediments that are in our way,” Gen Muntu advised.

Muntu who was first to say that his party will work to coordinate with other parties insisted that for any effective coalition there needs to be stability and trust among all parties involved.

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Muntu free and fair elections
We cannot have free and fair elections in 2021, says Gen Mugisha Muntu of ANT party. File Photo

According to Muntu even when they decided to launch ANT party they maintained to work on ensuring the party remains stable and as a result, they organized themselves right from the grass root levels.

“We believe that for any coalition to be effective there needs to be stability among the parts that form a coalition, and there needs to be trusted among them,” he said.

“Even when we launched ANT, we maintained the same. We think that while we are in the processes of discussing how-to form a coalition, we should work on the stability within the parts within the parties that will form a coalition, and two we should organize ourselves so that we a

By John Dalton Kigozi