Besigye lauds Kenya poll annulment, Africa’s first ever

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Uganda’s opposition strongman, Kizza Besigye, has lauded Kenya’s Supreme Court for annulling the August presidential election.

Besigye called the Friday first, historic and massive decision on the continent as simply “momentous”.

“The constitution and electoral laws were violated. Fresh election in 60 days. Momentous!” Besigye said.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka, halso hailed Supreme Court decision to nullify Kenyatta re-election.

Nasa leader Raila told press that IEBC officials should be prosecuted. “This is a historic moment for Kenya and Africa,” Raila told press.

He called it a precedent setting ruling saying it has never happened before in the Africa.

“We do not have faith that they are capable of conducting a free and fair election,” Kalonzo Musyoka said at the same press conference.

A six-judge bench, by majority decision, on Friday found that the electoral commission failed to conduct the polls according to the Constitution and Elections Act.

The judges said President Uhuru Kenyatta was not validly elected on August 8. The top court in Kenya ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law within 60 days.

Besigye also nicknamed Colonel (in reference to his military rank before he left the Army), Daktari, Kifefe, KB, and Ssenyondo (“Big Hammer”), was an unsuccessful candidate in Uganda’s 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 presidential elections, losing all of them to the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 26 January 1986.

The results of the 2006 elections were contested in court, where the court found massive rigging and disenfranchisement. But Museveni still remained in office and there was never a re-election.

He allowed an early internal FDC election for a successor president, which took place on 24 November 2012.

He decided that the successor president should be in place earlier than planned to allow the new president enough time to prepare the party for the next cycle of general elections.

Besigye once more lost the 2011 and 2016 elections despite his outcry of rigging, intimidation and massive fraud.

On Friday, he lauded Kenya for taking a bold decision and faulted Uganda’s ruling party NRM for allegedly rigging the Kalungu LCV by-elections where supports of Emmanuel Musoke, one of the LCV candidates who subscribes to the Democratic Party (DP), were arrested.

Nine people in all were arrested for electoral related offences.

“NRM Junta cerebrating another stolen election! Injustice causes more discontent!” Besigye tweeted.

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