I am surprised Government, Electoral Commission haven’t condemned Oulanyah-Besigye

Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye has critcised government and the electoral commission for failure to condemn Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah after attacking his convoy.


The incident happened convoy at Aketket primary school in Omoro County where Besigye was supposed to make a stopover while heading to Kaunda grounds, Gulu for his final rally on Tuesday.

Violence started when Gulu Woman MP Betty Ocan attempted to engage the Oulanyah team for holding an “illegal rally” given that parliamentary campaigns were suspended by the electoral commission.

Besigye convoy was attacked by Oulanyah soldiers, stone and club-wielding men who hit people and journalists. Oulanyah was evacuated by his security before the chaos started. NTV, NBS and a freelance journalist were among those hit in the scuffle.

In a press statement yesterday, Besigye said Oulanyah understands that what he did was wrong. “Oulanyah must possess intellectual capacity and legal knowledge to understand that what he did was wrong and violates the established elections guidelines.

He added; “I am however shocked that government and Electoral Commission officials have not come out to condemn the actions of Oulanyah and his yellow brigade supporters.”

Besigye also said he may believe romours that have been going around that said National Resistance Movement is going to use violence in the elections.

“And considering the rumors that have been going around, it is quite credible to believe that the NRM has been planning to use violence during elections especially after the departure of Pope Francis. This could easily throw our country into anarchy,” he said.