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Museveni won't handover power, says Ugandan academic

15 December 2015, 08:23

Kampala - A law professor at Makerere University Oloka-Onyango has said that long-time time President Yoweri Museveni would not handover power if he is defeated in the upcoming 2016 election.

The Daily Monitor quoted the academic as saying the opposition parties, particularly the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) led by  Kizza Besigye, and Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi stood a good chance of winning the elections next year, but it would be futile because the country would be led  into a bloodbath as Museveni’s ruling party the NRM unleashes violence.

“I do not believe that any Ooposition candidate in Uganda today can win this election, which is highly in favour of the incumbency… [If that happens], then you will have chaos or a military coup,” Prof Oloka-Onyango was quoted saying.

According to a Guardian report many Ugandans would shun the elections as the electorate believed that they would not lead to any fundamental change in the country.

The report said most of the country’s young people believed that the elections would be rigged in order to help keep president Museveni’s power.  

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Miriam Ahumuza, an MBA student at Makerere University, was quoted saying: “Even if you vote, they will rig [the elections] and the same people will return.”

The also claimed that more than five million registered voters failed to turn-up for the presidential elections in 2011, thus raising concerns turn-up for the upcoming would be low.

According to a human rights NGO director Livingstone Sewanyana, most Ugandans had lost hope, saying that they no longer believed elections would change their lives.

“There is still no adequate healthcare, people’s incomes have not improved and unemployment is still problematic, but then elections always retain the same old leadership and this has made some Ugandans see voting as a waste of time,” said Sewanyana.

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