Former presidential candidate Joseph Kabuleta and MPs Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality East(, Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality) are some of the witnesses that have sworn affidavits supporting the National Unity Platform (NUP) former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s presidential election petition.
Kabuleta who contested as an independent candidate in the January 14 presidential poll alleges that the results which the Electoral Commission (EC) released were an edited version of the 2016 presidential poll.
“The 2021 presidential election results declared by the [EC] are more or less an edited version of of the 2016 election results with a slight amendment in the names of candidates, number of districts, constituencies and polling stations,” Kabuleta stated.
According to the results released by the EC, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate, President Yoweri Museveni garnered 6,042,898 votes (58.34 percent) while Kyagulanyi polled 3,631,437 (35.08 percent). Kalubeta came seventh with 45,424 votes (0.44 percent) in the race that attracted 11 candidates.
Compared to the 2016 elections, Museveni got 5,971,872 (60.62 percent) while his main challenger, Dr. Kizza Besigye got 3,508,687 (35.61 percent).
Kabuleta also questions the source of the results that the EC released arguing that; “Without results from polling stations countrywide being duly tallied, aggregated, consolidated at the respective district tally centres and thereafter transmitted to the national tally centre for announcement and declaration, there can never be any valid election results declared.”
The former presidential candidate further contends that the conduct of security agencies before, during and after the elections – including detaining and chasing away Kyagulanyi’s agents from polling stations affected the outcome of the elections.
Relatedly, MP Karuhanga says that at Iriango Primary School polling station, he witnessed acts of ballot stuffing. He says before they started to vote, there was rainfall which prompted electoral officials to take ballots to a nearby church where people started voting from.
The Ntungamo Municipality MP alleges further that later at 3:40 pm when they resumed voting from the outside, a woman came off a boda boda and asked a presiding officer for ballot papers and she was given four of them which he handed over to the Chairman of Kashaka Cell, Nathan Musiime who started ticking them.
Evidence in the affidavits also indicates that the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) were engaged in multiple voting at Kabahambe Church of Uganda, Kabagenda Playground and Kikoni parish headquarters.
In his affidavit, Paul Mwiru alleges that when vote counting at Masese Parish 1 polling station started, security officials from the Military Police cordoned off the area.
He says he was invited to the scene by one of his agents and by the time he got there, the army men had put the agents on gunpoint and when he attempted to stop the officers, they resorted to firing live bullets to disperse people who had come to stop them.
He says the agents were forced to sign blank declaration forms while the ones that had original results were confiscated.
The Supreme Court is expected to start hearing the petition on February 24.