Lt. Richard Oseku, who was ejected from the Butebo parliamentary by-election, has called for calm amongst his supporters. Oseku was disqualified from the Elections on Wednesday by the Electoral Commission on grounds that he didn’t resign from the UPDF before his nomination. Section 4 (4) (b) of the Parliamentary Elections Act 17 of 2005, which states that a public officer or person employed in government department or agency of government or employee of Local Government or anybody in which the government has controlling interest who wishes to stand for election as Member of Parliament shall in case of by election, resign his or her office fourteen days before nomination day.
The disqualification of Oseku from today’s by-elections has not gone down well with his supporters. Many of them have decided to stay away from the polls. However, Oseku has asked his supporters to stay calm and avoid clashes that could disrupt the election. Oseku describes his nullification from the election as a ploy by some NRM officials and an injustice on the part of the Electoral Commission.
The former candidate says he is consulting with his legal team on the next course of action.
His call statements from reports that some of his supporters were planning to cause chaos to protest his expulsion from the polls. Some of them had also reportedly planned to disrupt today’s by-election.
Shortly after the news of his nullification reached the constituency on Wednesday afternoon, thousands of Oseku’s supporters thronged his home at Epany Village in Kibale Sub County to express solidarity with him. Oseku immediately took to constituency to address the public calling for calm. Captain Gabriel Engole, one of the key supporters of Oseku calls says that decision of the electoral commission is a disgrace to the country and an injustice to the people of Butebo constituency.
He says boycotting today’s election should be a strong signal to NRM party.
Francis Omoding, a voter from Butebo Sub County describes it as betrayal by government and the electoral commission to nullify Oseku, someone he claims was the right candidate to represent Butebo in Parliament. He says he will not vote in today’s election because it would be a waste of time. He says their area has been marginalized for the last 52 years.