FDC Statement on Arua By-Elections (16.08.2018)
I would like to firstly take this opportunity to condemn the brutal, primitive and uncalled for attack in Arua of the citizens of this country by the military as they exercised their civil liberties that are fully supported by our constitution.
Secondly I wish to thank the people of Arua especially those who stood with our candidate to the end despite the numerous challenges that we faced in this election. The FDC national team has just returned from concluding the campaigns and observing the voting exercise on behalf of their flag bearer Mr. Bruce M. Musema. In doing this we upheld a two year period standing decision to support our flag bearers for the duration of the term of the office they aspired for. We therefore take full responsibility for the choice of candidate of Bruce as well as his performance in this by- election. I wish to thank Mr. Bruce M. Musema for being the refined and outstanding candidate that he was during this contest and wish to assure him of our continued support in various ways, in the party’s bid to grow young leaders.
Through their vote and amidst massive intimidation the people of Arua spoke loud and clear and I wish to congratulate them for their resilience and their newly elected leader for a well fought for and deserved victory. The election of Hon. Kassiano E. Wadri an independent candidate should send a message to the dictatorship in this country that no matter the amount of force used, citizens will always reign supreme. We also call on the authorities to ensure an expeditious process of justice or immediate release of Hon. Wadri and his other incarcerated colleagues.
As a party we have taken lessons from this and other by-elections where we lost and succeeded and this will inform the party’s policy direction on how to deal with any election we shall participate in, in the future.
One Uganda One People.
Patrick Oboi Amuriat
16th August, 2018.