We Lost a Battle, the War Continues – Mugisha Muntu on Elections

Former presidential candidate Mugisha Muntu Greg has finally come out to make a comment on the recently concluded Presidential elections where incumbent Yoweri Museveni emerged winne.

Muntu who was representing the Alliance for National Transformation – ANT party came fifth in the race after polling 65,334 which represented 0.65% of the total votes cast.

Unlike most of the other candidates who were quick to comment about the results, the former Chief of Defence Forces decided to take some personal time and it’s today that he has finally come out to make a comment.

See Muntu’s full statement.

Following the recently concluded presidential and parliamentary elections, I indicated that I would be engaging in deep reflection for a few days before communicating. This has been done and I would like to share the following with you.

It is becoming more apparent with every passing day that these elections were deeply flawed and rife with irregularities. From ballot stuffing to voter intimidation, it simply is impossible for anyone with an ounce of honor to claim the results were credible.

Far from resolving our problems, these elections plunged us further into crisis. As a party, our flagbearers experienced several challenges. However, whichever way one slices it and even when adjusted for the true results, it’s clear we did not perform as we had hoped.

There are many possible reasons for this and our leadership will be taking stalk of the same in the coming weeks. The objective will be to understand what might have gone wrong and how best to move forward.

Nonetheless, we are proud of the campaign we ran and the message we shared. I was particularly moved by the many Ugandans that supported our policy platform not only by financially and logistically, but also with their vote. Thank you for being the change you want to see.

While we may not have garnered the amount of votes we’d hoped for, we are also cognisant of the fact that we are not the only ones that were affected by the highly irregular actions of the state. We therefore support all efforts to legally and lawfully contest these results.

The party leadership is going to engage in a series of discussions both internally and with sister parties with whom we have working relationships. The aim will be to further the cause of change that we seek.

We went into this election aware that the change we seek will not be easy to attain. We weren’t only up against a regime that entrenched its hold on Ugandans for over thirty years, but also a political culture as old as our nation. The work is a lot, but not insurmountable.

Therefore, like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

We may have lost a battle, but the war continues. Until the day all Ugandans can say, we have at our helm, a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Before then, we persist.

For to do otherwise is to die while we still breathe.

God bless and keep you all.

Sam Ochola Oryem