KAMPALA. As the 2016 general elections gain momentum, the National Independent Electoral Commission chairman Mr Badru Kiggundu has urged youths to desist from being used as agents of electoral malpractices, saying some of them have started sending him life threatening messages.
Speaking at the closure of the 2nd annual Buganda youth conference in Kampala at the weekend, Mr Kiggundu said the youths are being used by some politicians in an attempt to cause mayhem ahead of the elections.
“I get messages that youths are coming to harm me (but) only God knows when I will die. I don’t have to fear death. Can you know when you will go?” Mr Kiggundu asked before adding, “that is an end everyone must test.”
He urged the youths to instead resist bad influence by older leaders: “The youth should be disciplined…resist manipulation and being used as conduits of electoral malpractices that tend to be promoted under the guise of capacity building initiatives by older generation of politicians,” Mr Kiggundu said.
Crime preventers and militias have been listed by electoral observers as some of the youth groups being prepared to disrupt 2016 electoral processes.