Electoral Commission (EC) chairman Badru Kiggundu has directed Dr Kizza Besigye to stop his “campaign of defiance,” saying its tantamount to inciting violence during the election period.
Speaking to journalists at the EC headquarters in Kampala yesterday, Mr Kiggundu said if Dr Besigye doesn’t heed the EC’s directive, he will face the wrath of the law. Dr Besigye has repeatedly on his campaign trail said the election will be won “not by compliance but by defiance.” He has also vowed not to go to court if there is vote-rigging, saying this will be sorted using people power.
This has, however, attracted condemnation from the EC. “The commission has noted with concern the consistent calls by candidate Kizza Besigye for defiance as a campaign strategy. This kind of campaign is likely to have serious impact on the conduct of peaceful campaigns and elections,” said Dr Kiggundu.
When the EC boss was put to task on what action will be taken if Dr Besigye doesn’t stop his campaign of defiance, Dr Kiggundu said; “This is an activity guided by the law, I warn you once, twice; the next time don’t blame me, that can’t go on forever. You will be here and we will communicate the action.”
But FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said the campaign will continue. “What Dr Besigye is doing is prepare people to rise up in case they steal the election like they have always done,” said Mr Ssemujju, who is also the Kyadondo East MP.
“Unless Kiggundu is preparing to steal the election, he shouldn’t be bothered by Dr Besigye’s message. “Does he want people to go to Rubaga and Namirembe (cathedrals) and Kibuli (mosque) to pray after the election has been stolen?”