Busia FDC Supporters Defy Court Order

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In short
Ahamed Kuzima, Busia District FDC party mobiliser claims Besigye won the elections with 52 compared to Musevenis 44. He says they will not sit and watch Museveni sworn in as the next President yet he lost the elections.

Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party supporters in Busia district defied the court ban on the defiance campaign and took to the streets this morning to demand for an independent audit of the February 18th presidential elections.



About 10 FDC party members led by Ahamed Kuzima, the Busia District FDC Mobiliser, led a procession from their party offices at around 9am along Market Street through Custom, Sofia and Tororo road before they were dispersed by police at about 11:30am.

 
The group that started with a small number drew a huge crowd of supporters mostly bodaboda riders and other opposition sympathisers. Using placards, they called for an international audit into the February presidential elections, which they claimed were by the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni.

 
‘'Democracy has to prevail. EC should explain the election outcome. Respect Ugandans'', ‘'No independent audit, no swearing in," read one of the placards. "God should hear our prayers, respect the constitution," read another. 

Ahamed Kuzima, Busia District FDC party mobiliser claims Besigye won the elections with 52% compared to Museveni's 44%. He says they will not sit and watch Museveni sworn in as the next President yet he lost the elections.


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Geoffrey Bwire, a crime preventer who also participated in the demonstration, says the results in their possession shows that Besigye defeated Museveni by a huge margin. He urged all Ugandans to rise up and demand for their victory.

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Geoffrey Olweny, a former contestant for the Busia Municipality parliament seat, claims the opposition has evidence showing that Besigye won the polls.
 

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Nelson Nahabwe, the Busia District Police Commander who led a team of police officer to block the demonstration, says they could not allow the opposition to interrupt businesses with their demonstration.
 

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On Friday last week, the Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma issued an interim order banning all activities organised under the ''Free my vote defiance campaign''.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

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