Museveni has warned candidates intending to involve themselves in any form of vote malpractice that they will be charged for treason.
President Yoweri Museveni has warned candidates intending to involve themselves in any form of vote malpractice that they will be charged for treason.
Museveni passed the warning during his address to the nation ahead of Thursday’s elections. He said that candidates who intimidate voters to vote otherwise contrary to what they would have liked also distorts the country’s democracy.
The president explained that a leader who rigs elections will not be desperate to serve and work from the people because he knows that even next time he will apply the same cheating tactics and force his way into power.
“If you plan to cheat or alter results so that you win even when the majority didn’t vote for you, it means you won’t go back to solve the issues of the people because you will cheat in the next election,” Museveni said.
“This renders democracy null and void. I am warning everyone, don’t try to cheat. Some groups have made it a habit to cheat in elections. I want to tell you, that cheating is treason. When you use violence to intimidate to be voted for, you are committing treason.”
Also, he appealed to the Electoral Commission to suspend voting at any polling station where a thumbprint is not used.
Museveni cited that many Ugandans have already duplicated the required voting documents including national IDs and voter location slips as a result, he begged the EC to apply the use of the thumbprint because every individual has a different one from the other.
“I appeal to EC to not allow any voting where a thumbprint is not used. Anybody trying to cheat, we shall go for them. Don’t waste our time by trying to cheat.”
“God was very bright that is why he gave each one of us a different thumbprint. Mine is different from my mother and father yet I came from them,” Museveni added.
Meanwhile, he called upon all Ugandans to go and vote. He also assured that the police has been deployed heavily to protect and guard all voters and not allow any individuals to intimidate them.
Relatively, he also spoke about the recent blocking of accounts belonging to Ugandan government officials and the ruling NRM party supporters by Facebook.
On this, Museveni said he has already written to those concerned to show his dissatisfaction. He noted that if a service like Facebook is allowed to operate in the country then it should be enjoyed equitably without any discrimination.
“Ugandans, be confident, we have everything. Our economy is strong and so is the army, and it is well experienced. Go and vote and if anybody tries to intimidate you, we shall deal with him or her,” Museveni assured.
“There is no way anybody can come and play around with our country to decide who is good and bad. I am sorry for the inconvenience to those who have been using this channel (Facebook), but we cannot tolerate this arrogance of anybody coming to decide for us who is good and who is bad.”