The leader of Uganda's main opposition
party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) said everything must be done to correct
what he called the imbalances in the country's electoral system before the next
election which is 18 months from now.
In 2006 Kizza Besigye lost a Supreme
Court petition against the re-election of President Yoweri Musevini.
He said pressure
must be mounted on the Museveni government to make the necessary changes before
Uganda degenerates into electoral chaos like Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Besigye is in
Kenya's capital, Nairobi to attend a conference organized by the Netherlands
Institute for Multiparty Democracy.
He told VOA he is still virtually a prisoner since his 2006 rape and treason trial and the subsequent seizure of his passport.
of the conditions that was imposed on me in order to grant me bail was to
deposit my passport in the High Court of Uganda and not to leave the country
unless I was authorized by the High Court through an application to the court
for that purpose," he said.
said each time he wants to travel out of the country his lawyers must file an
application supported by affidavits sworn by each of his sureties.
with that he said the passport is only given to him for the duration of his
trip abroad and he must return the passport to the Ugandan High Court upon his
am still a prisoner; I am only out of prison on bail. So if my bail is
cancelled today, I will head straight back to prison. And one condition for
granting me that bail was indeed I surrender my passport," Besigye said.
said he does not know when the charges against him would be dropped, but he
said they were politically motivated.
was arrested and charged just ahead of the 2006 general election after my party
had indeed nominated me as their candidate in that election…since the election,
the court processes have gone silence. I will not be surprised at all if they
were all to be resurrected as we approach the next election which is only in
about 18 months time," Besigye said.
said he was considering making a formal representation to the Ugandan Judicial
Service Commission which oversees the delivery of judicial services to look
into what he called his predicament.
what he called the infringement on his rights, Besigye said there is a broader
problem of electoral imbalances which he said needs urgent reform before the
must have an independent electoral commission and we must get the military out
of elections. We are trying to rally support for pressure to be mounted on
government to attend to these vital areas before our country also degenerates
into chaos like many of our neighbors have experienced," he said.
said his party has written to the countries of the east African community and
would soon launch a national and international appeal to bring pressure on the
Museveni government to institute the necessary electoral reforms before the
2011 general election.