By Charles Kakamwa and Egesa Hajusu
Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has said he will not petition court if the February 18, 2016 elections are rigged.
Besigye, who accuses the National Resistance Movement (NRM) of involvement in electoral malpractices in the previous presidential polls, also urged voters to fight for their rights by guarding against vote rigging.
"This time we will not allow them to steal our votes. They think they will rig elections and Besigye goes to court but i will not allow. We will not go to court as they expect," he said.
In case of anomalies in the electoral process, instead of running to courts of law that he does not have trust in, he said he will leave the matter to the people and justice shall be done.
"Leero kigweera wano (the matter will be sorted out of court), he said while campaigning before an enthusiastic crowd at Madibira Primary School in Busia municipality on Friday.
Besigye explained that the ongoing registration of ten people per parish by FDC code named Power Ten (P10) is part of the strategy to empower voters to resist intimidation and repression.
At all his campaign rallies, Besigye calls on willing individuals to pick the P10 cards and register themselves.
According to him, the ten people per parish across the country led by a coordinator will be key in popularising the campaign to regain power by the majority from a minority group.
“This struggle is about liberating ourselves and allowing people regain power given to them by the constitution,” Besigye stressed.
He said once this is achieved, his government will then work on closing gaps through which public funds are wasted and rebuilding institutions that he said have collapsed due to misrule.
Besigye who also campaigned in Burumbi, Lunyo, Lumino and Masinya in Busia, was accompanied by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, FDC President Mugisha Muntu and Secretary General Nandala Mafabi.
Others included Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu, Mubarak Munyagwa the mayor of Kawempe, FDC secretary for mobilization Ingrid Turinawe and Members of Parliament Geoffrey Ekanya (Tororo), Kevina Taaka (Busia Municipality) and Jack Wamai (Mbale Municipality).
Lukwago said government attempted to disenfranchise voters in Kampala through a law that would empower Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councilors to elect the Lord Mayor, but it was defeated.
He also criticized President Yoweri Museveni for allegedly claiming that he (Museveni) owns the money, guns and resources such as oil in Uganda.
“So what belongs to us as Ugandans if he claims to own everything? Our only hope for liberation from such tyranny is Dr. Kizza Besigye,” he said.
Lukwago also asked voters to resist intimidation by crime preventers, who he said had been deployed all over the country in this election period.
If elected president, Besigye promised to end the torture of traders at Uganda/Kenya boarder at Busia by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) law enforcement officers.
He wondered by traders are shot reportedly by officers fighting smuggling yet government officials steal billions of money and go scot free.
Besigye also said government deliberately imports undersized fishing nets and later turns around to arrest fishermen using them. “When these nets are impounded, they are never burnt but sold to fishermen elsewhere,” he claimed.
Besigye also vowed to help people displaced illegally, regained their land once elected.
He noted that throughout his campaign, he has noted that land grabbing by individuals colluding with government officials, is rampant especially in Busoga and Northern Uganda.