Bobi Wine slams Museveni over "biased" EC appointments

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Bobi Wine slams Museveni over "biased" EC appointments
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Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the leader of National Unity (NUP) has criticised President Museveni's appointment of new officials to the Electoral Commission (EC).

He claims that these appointments pose a significant threat to the possibility of a free and fair election in the country.

In his statement, Kyagulanyi expressed concerns about the appointment of individuals closely aligned with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, suggesting that Museveni's motive is to maintain his grip on power.

"He no longer wants to pretend. He has decided to appoint renowned NRM cadres to the Electoral Commission- a clear message to Ugandans that he has no intention of ever holding a free and fair election,"said Kyagulanyi.

He points to the appointment of Simon Byabakama Mugenyi as chairperson, who previously oversaw the controversial 2021 presidential election, which Kyagulanyi alleges involved the declaration of false results in favor of Museveni.

"He was also the lead prosecutor in the trumped-up rape case against Dr. Kizza Besigye who had sought to challenge Museveni in the 2006 election,"he said.

Kyagulanyi also highlights the involvement of Stephen Tashobya, a senior NRM cadre and former Member of Parliament, and Kasule Robert Sebunya, another NRM cadre who allegedly usurped victory in a previous election.

Additionally, Kyagulanyi points to Anthony Okello, an NRM cadre who faced public backlash in 2017 for attempting to remove the constitutional presidential age limit by force.

"The other members are also said to be renowned sympathisers of Museveni and his criminal regime,"he said.

Kyagulanyi argues that the appointment of individuals with strong affiliations to the ruling party raises serious doubts about the impartiality of the Electoral Commission and its ability to organize free and fair elections.

He sees this move as a direct provocation to the people of Uganda and calls on all citizens and international allies to recognize the urgent need for action to rectify the situation.

"Museveni shamelessly sees nothing wrong with putting such people in charge of a commission that should be impartial, organising free and fair elections! If this is not enough provocation to the people of Uganda, I don't know what ever will be,"he said.

Kyagulanyi believes that it is now crucial for all Ugandans and friends of Uganda to realize that they are on their own and must rise to the occasion to save the nation from its current state of disarray.

As Uganda prepares for the 2026 general elections, the controversy surrounding the appointment of Electoral Commission officials adds to the ongoing political tensions in the country. The outcome of the vetting process and the subsequent actions of the Commission will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the credibility and legitimacy of the electoral process in Uganda.

President Museveni has recently appointed three new officials to the Electoral Commission (EC) tasked with overseeing the 2026 general elections. In addition, Museveni chose to retain key members from the previous commission, including Byabakama as the Chairperson, Hajjat Aisha Lubega as the Deputy Chairperson, and Stephen Tashobya as a commissioner.

The new appointees include Dr. Ssimba Ssali Kayunga, a lecturer in Political Science and Public Administration at Makerere University, Anthony Okello, a former Member of Parliament for Kyoga County, and Pamela Etonu Okudi, who currently serves as the Acting Head of Administration at the EC.

These appointments come after the expiration of the previous Commission's seven-year term. The nominees will now undergo vetting by Parliament before assuming their official roles.

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