The Uganda People’s Congress has called upon whoever will lose of tomorrow’s presidential elections to peacefully concede.
Up to 11 presidential candidates are vying for the highest office in the Thursday election, namely; the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveniof the National Resistance Movement (NRM), Robert Kyagulanyi of National Unity Platform party (NUP), Patrick Amuriat Oboi from Forum for Democratic Change, Norbert Mao of Democratic Party and Rt. Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu from the Alliance for National Transformation party.
Others are; Rt. Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Nancy Kalembe, John Katumba, pastor Fred Mwesigye, Willy Mayambala, Joseph Kabuleta, who are all running on independent tickets.
Speaking to at the UPC Party Weekly press briefing, Sharon Oyat Arach, the party spokesperson urged the losers to borrow the leaf from UPC on how it behaved when it lost the polls in 1962.
“History is the best teacher; in 1962 UPC lost a Constituency in Bunyoro sub-region that the party was sure of winning. There were premature celebrations and merry making on the day of polling. A loss was registered but the party accepted in good faith,” she said.
“The 10th December 1980 that came after a bitter Idi Amin struggle of 1971-79 offered Uganda another window of opportunity to move the country forward through democratic process which restored Parliamentary Democracy. This is the same way we should treat the 14th January 2021 polls to lead the path to transitional politics,” Arach added.
Arach appealed to all stakeholders and political players to observe a peaceful free and fair election process which she said can be achieved through transparency at all levels.
“We need to collectively come in and play a positive role so as to enable the Electoral Commission to fulfill its mandate. Let all the eligible voters go out while observing the Ministry of Health SOPs,” she noted
She called upon the members of UPC to be more focused in this remaining time, “let us raise the Flag of the congress through our binding pillar of fighting poverty, ignorance and disease and vote for candidates standing on UPC party ticket,” she said.