ACADEMICIANS, CIVIL SOCIETY LEADERS WRITE BOOK 0N 2016 UGANDA’S COMMERCIALIZED ELECTIONS
BY WILBER MUHWEZI AND CYNTHIA ARINDA
A number of 22 academicians and civil society leaders have teamed up and written a book titled ‘controlling consent: Uganda’s 2016 election’.
The book clearly states how voters of Uganda in 2016 primary and general elections at all levels would accept money and other material things in exchange for votes. The launch was organized by Western Ankole Civil Society Forum [WASCOF] and Centre for Basic Research.
The contributors of this book include; Sabiti Makara, David Mugambe Mpiima, Moses Khisa and Sabastiano Rwengabo, Others are Salie Samba Kayunga, J. Oloka- Onyango, Veronica Nakijoba, Prof. Josephine Ahikire, Aramanzan Madanda, Jamil Damulira Mujuzi, Levis Mugumya, Sarah N. Ssali, Richard Ssewakiryanga, Danson S Kahyana, Phiona Muhwezi Mpanga, Andrew Karamagi, Maria Nassali, James Nkuubi, Ben K. Twinomugisha, Elisam Magara and Busingye Kabumba.
The successful publication of this book was made possible by Democratic Governance Facility[DGF] and was launched yesterday Dec. 13, 2016 at Crane Resort hotel Ishaka by professor Josephine Ahikire on behalf of writers and center for basic Research and Bushenyi district chairman Jafari Basajjabalaba together Ankole leaders. .
Professor Ahikire in her chapter wrote that Ugandans have become beggars in their own country for they beg president Museveni as the way a child begs a parent.
Umar Muhanguzi the secretary general for NRM in Bushenyi district, told the meeting that whether voter bribery or not NRM is already preparing to win the 2021 elections using available means.
Paul Turyamureeba Kahiigi the Bushenyi district FDC party chairman who is currently challenging the election of Bushenyi district chairman Jafari Basajabalaba in the court of appeal told the meeting that Ugandans are losing hope in elections because president Museveni uses a lot of money not from his hard earned money but tax payers money.
He noted that this has resulted into severe problems in the economy because of the tririon Uganda shillings used in 2016, 2011 elections.
Relatedly, Bushenyi district has the highest number of election petitions in the court of appeal due to voter bribery and other forms of election irregularities. These cases are Micheal Mawanda Maranga versus Andrew Martial in Igara East, Odo Tayebwa versus Gordon Arinda Cow-boy Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality and PaulTuryamureeba Kahiigi versus Jafari Basajabalaba for Bushenyi district LC5 seat.
Bushenyi district has three constituencies. Its only Igara west of Rafeal Magyezi that there was no election petition.