Written by CHANGE OF GUARDS
The Uganda military dictator’s sham January 2021 presidential polls attracted 11 candidates. At the close of the polls his Electoral Commission declared him the winner. The results were as follows:
1. Museveni – 6,042,889
2. Bobi Wine. – 3,631,437
3. Amuriat. – 337,589
4. Gen. Muntu. – 67,574
5. Mao. – 57,682
6. Gen. Tumukunde. – 51,392
7. Kabuleta. – 45,427
8. Kalembe Nancy. – 38,772
9. Katumba John. – 37,554
10. Fred Nwesigye. – 25,483
11. Willy Mayambala. – 15,014
Total registered voters. – 18,103,603
Total votes cast. – 10,744,319
Invalid Votes. – 393,500
It is worthy noting that the invalid Votes far exceeded the total votes allotted to all the last seven presidential candidates. At parliamentary level, Museveni was awarded 363 parliamentarians, Bobi Wine’s NUP was given 57, Amuriat’s FDC was given 32, Mao’s DP was given 9 while the three political parties that did not contest for the presidency were given 9 for UPC, 1 for JEEMA and 1 for PPP.
While Bobi Wine and his NUP dislodged the FDC from the position of Opposition in Parliament, all its parliamentarians are from Buganda region save for only two from Bugisu. This developments places Bobi Wine and his NUP in an awkward situation where detractors are portraying them as a mere bunch of tribal grouping. On the other hand, by registering parliamentary seats in different regions of the country, the FDC managed to retain its national posture. Overall, right from its inception, NUP/People Power targeted dislodging the FDC and Dr. Besigye in particular and indeed NUP did achieve that target. From the look of things, it’s like Bobi Wine and his NUP are contented with the January 14 verdict and look forward to the next polls in 2026. By withdrawing the court petition against Museveni’s victory, Bobi Wine had lost an opportunity of exposing Museveni’s rigging but for Museveni, he lost the opportunity to secure the usual confirmation of his so-called victory by court.
At the presidential level, Museveni scored by humiliatingly defeating two of his top military Generals; Muntu (for Army Chief) and Tumukunde (former Spy chief). At parliamentary level, Museveni and his NRM humiliatingly lost the strategic Buganda region. The loss is attributed to the regime’s deliberate scheme of taming the potential for protests through exercising restraint in its rigging. In this regard, the NRM’s performance in Buganda was both a loss and a success. Elsewhere, the NRM had 24 cabinet Ministers including the Vice President and a big number of incumbent parliamentarians who were not returned by the electorates. For Museveni, such a loss was positive in that it relieved him of the burden of re-appointing and dropping them during his next cabinet lineup. For ordinary parliamentarians who lost, it was a good riddance because the majority had developed immunity to his manipulation. That is why for the ongoing Speakership race, he is focusing on the MPs elect and not the incumbents.
The UPC which is in bed with Museveni’s NRM and did not field a presidential candidate scored by securing a guarantee from Museveni’s rigging machinery against its nine Parliamentary seats; all from Lango region. Had it not been for that MOU, the UPC would have at best gained one, two or none of the seats. On the other hand, it was humiliating for Mao and his DP to gain the same number of Parliamentary seats like its arch rival, UPC. Most intriguing is the fact that all the nine DP seats came from Buganda region save for only one seat from northern Uganda. Worse still, how could the DP President Nobert Mao be given a mere 57,682 votes countrywide as it portrays an impression that he was even shunned in his so-called stronghold and home, northern Uganda!!! The Bobi Wine and his NUP factor aside, the performance of the DP was a vote of no confidence in the leadership of Nobert Mao.
Gen. Muntu and his newly founded ANT succeeded in performing better than the historical and well established Nobert Mao. Unfortunately, he once again humiliatingly lost to Amuriat who had earlier defeated him for the presidency of FDC a few years ago leading to his quiting the party to form his own. However, he succeeded in achieving his dream of appearing on the presidential elections ballot paper which he was denied while in FDC. For Gen. Tumukunde, he was immensely disappointed by the electorates but was not surprised because he did not expect anything different from the outcome. His poor performance can best be comperable to that of Museveni during the 1980 general elections. Tumukubde used the opportunity to politically mobilize and improve his networking. Despite the poor performance by the youthful presidential candidates, they enriched their political, social and economic profiles. John Katumba is busy selling his autobiography in form of a book. Pastor Fred Nwesigye who was the candidate of the newly founded Bavandimwe faction of the Banyarwanda community had all to gain.
One contestant that was the overall winner was the Army and the security agencies in general which was the contestant against all other candidates except their Commander in Chief, Gen. Museveni.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM