The 14th January 2021 is sort of concluded, even though we are in early stages of the post-election and between the 10th Parliament and the 11th Parliament. The drill is the new ones are sworn-in and a massive show of power at Kololo before the President is sworn-in himself. Therefore, the whole parade of glory is soon upon us and with that the mediocre and lacking reports of the Election Observation Missions (EOMs).
This election was only the toothless and spinless organizations allowed to watch. The continents own IGAD EOMs, EAC EOM and AU EOM. These are usually rubber-stamping any event or election in favour of the regime currently reigning. They are not composed to tell or expose the realities on the ground. These are just there to legitimize the affairs and do the bidding of the member state. In this regard today. Yesterday’s released IGAD EOM Preliminary Report on the Uganda Elections of 2021.
The 7 page leaflet isn’t giving you any insights or deeper understanding. Just a poor excuse for someone to have a journey to Kampala and eat matooki. The IGAD sent 22 observers and was led by Siraj Fegessa and he would not really say much about what went down.
Like you know they are not all that. When they were not observing the voter registration process. Neither was the EOM following the campaign process. That means whatever happened before the 14th January. They we’re not participating or even seeing. This really limits their scope and what can really say.
The limited mission was able to say that the election was “conducted in an orderly and peaceful manner”. Even when they we’re stating some minor grievances at the polling stations, the material and such. However, they we’re not indulging in that. Neither was that stated in the conclusions. Only that the Internet shutdown “affected coordination” made it for the EOM to operate.
The IGAD had a few recommendations, but we know by history that Museveni and NRM will bin these. They only wants the statement of “orderly and peaceful manner”. Which they will use for headlines and seal the deal of the polls. So, that they can move on and crown themselves kings again. Peace.