On 16 January the Electoral Commission announced the results that president Museveni has requested for. In this blogpost we will be explaining how they rigged the election.
As a scientist I request that the reader asks him or herself a number of questions.
- Why would the Ugandan government shutdown the internet if it wants to organize transparent elections?
- Why were voters chased away from polling stations if the government is confident they have the majority?
- Why were agents from NUP & other parties chased away?
- Why were agents hunted down, tortured and their copies of DORs destroyed?
- Why weren’t opposition parties allowed to campaign?
- Why weren’t opposition parties allowed access to radio & TV?
- Why were so many journalists & election experts expelled from the country?
- Why did the military & police had to intimidate their own people on a day that is supposed to be the celebration of democracy?
- Why weren’t observers from European Union not invited like in 2016?
- Why is Electoral Commission announcing the president to be the winner without providing a breakdown of how they got to that result?
There are many, many more questions to ask yourself, but a very important one is:
Which country in the world has voted for 35 years for the same person to be president, given that the country is one of the poorest of Africa?
Starting with the last question; there is simply no democratic country in the world that voted for 35 years for the same president, even if it’s a rich country. According to Freedom House, an organisation that rates countries across the globe for amount of Freedom, Uganda scores 34/100; it is qualified as “Not free”.
Another fundamental question:
Why is Ugandan government organising elections at all?
Uganda doesn’t organise elections because Museveni believes in democratic elections. Museveni came to power through a war after he had lost elections. The book “How to rig an election” by Nic Cheeseman explains a lot of reasons why dictatorships organise elections. One is justification. Using elections they can justify their power.
When you are popular, then having elections does not cause any problems. But Museveni has lost a lot of support of Ugandans in recent years. And with the rise of Bobi Wine they found a favorite candidate of their own generation. Talking to Ugandans it was clear to me that Kyagulanyi had a lot of support; I rarely encountered a Museveni supporter. But as a scientist I know the danger of bias… [still typing]