Electoral Commission Chairman Eng. Badru Kiggunddu has cleared the air about claims by the opposition that he favours the ruling party and passes policies that are benefiting the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Speaking at “the National Violence Free Elections dialogue at Makerere University” main hall yesterday, Kiggundu said that he does not support any political party.
“I am seventy years old but I don’t support any political party but if I want to vote, I can because the constitution gives me a right as a citizen of Uganda to vote for my best candidate,” he said.
The dialogue was meant to empower youth to be the fountain for free and fair election for peaceful Uganda.
Kiggundu noted that since youth constitute a high population percentage, they should actively and positively participate in politics since they have many political platforms and the freedom.
He said that the electoral commission operates under the law and there is no way of favouring a specific political faction and that their concern is to ensure that Ugandans have peaceful elections.
Speaking at the same dialogue, Col. Felix Kulayigye argued that much as youth can be used to install peace in the county, they are being used to distort peace and stability especially by politicians.
He highlighted that police and the army works on the principle of fulfilling their duty, honour and service to the people of Uganda regardless of themselves.
“Object and subject of security is the human being and one cannot enjoy their rights without carrying out their responsibility,” he said.
Kulayigye however argued that violence demeans humanity and urged the youth to use peaceful means, other than being violent.
Gift Mubehamwe, a fourth year student and president of the Makerere law society asserted that youth are being used for bargaining power and compromising with politicians.
He argued that some of those groups, formed to harmonize the society do not actually harmonize the society, but destruct it. He noted that the problem with the youth is that they lack a clear ideology and fail to understand what they stand for as youth.