Gen Tumukunde has revealed some of the new tactics President Yoweri Museveni together with his party-NRM will allegedly use to rig next week’s general elections.
Tumukunde said this while addressing the media in Buyende district on Thursday. The former spy chief said the state is now using the Electoral Commission (EC) to play an uncoordinated part of issuing fake orders. These orders are to deter people from accessing the truth on ground. He, however, advised the commission to desist from any acts which may portray them as being partisan.
“As we are left with few days to elections, I want to express my concern on the behaviour of the Electoral Commission. First of all, I’m extremely concerned that between the nomination date up to now, over 543,000 voters have all of the sudden come out of no where. Now one wonders when was the voters’ register updated and to whose knowledge? I’m also concerned that bio-metric machines are being introduced in this election without the knowledge of any candidate. Meaning therefore, we are actually heading in a very uncertain electronic voting partner whose details I will soon reveal,” he said.
On military presence across the country
The former minister of the security also noted the method of militarizing the whole country. He says this is an intention to scare away Ugandans. This is purposely to help the perpetrators rig votes well without any interruption.
“I have received information that they have trained 50,000 SPCs. These are not professional soldiers but they are incorporated to add votes to NRM and to intimidate Ugandans. That is exactly why they are always recruited in times of elections. I’m also informed that there is some cross-border voting,” he said.
Gen Tumukunde added that the recent cautionary message from Justice Simon Byabakama that no staying at Polling station and banning phones is also a plan by the regime to steal votes.
“Mr Byabakama is one of the respectable Ugandans, but when he was appointed to EC, he became something else. He has said that after voting, people will have to go home. He also refused people from accessing polling stations with cameras and phones. This means that when people leave the polling stations, SPCs and the exaggerated number of NRM polling agents will have their way to rig. I’m every sure beyond reasonable doubt that this is designed to rig elections,” he added.
However, Gen Tumukunde called on Ugandans to vote in large numbers. He says this will overwhelm the protracted plans of the state to rig elections.
“I call on Ugandans to come and massively vote. I have a belief that Ugandans for once are determined to vote for change. Ugandans should not lose hope.”
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