Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), which was the frontrunner in the Soroti City East Division by-elections, was dealt a big blow when Christine Eyu announced that National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Herbert Edmund Ariko had garnered the highest number of votes to win the race.
FDC out rightly refused to accept the declared results insisting that their win had been hijacked by NRM abettors including the Uganda Independent Electoral Commission, the statutory body that manages national elections in the country.
An aggrieved FDC said: “We won’t accept the results of this Soroti ‘by-election’, which was hosted on violence, voter suppression, ballot stuffing, voter impersonation & ballot rigging.”
It is yet to be known what FDC will do next but the president of the Democratic Party (DP), Norbert Mao who recently signed a cooperation agreement with NRM and President Yoweri Museveni believe what happened in Soroti sets the momentum for a national dialogue.
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“Soroti gives meaning & makes moral sense of the terms of the DP-NRM Cooperation Agreement,” Moa said in a Friday afternoon Tweet, adding: “Attan did not lose. Patriotic Ugandans won additional justification and urgency to hold the National Dialogue for the Institutional Reforms that the DP-NRM Cooperation Agreement calls for!”
Soroti gives meaning & makes moral sense of the terms of the DP-NRM Cooperation Agreement. Attan did not lose. Patriotic Ugandans won additional justification and urgency to hold the National Dialogue for the Institutional Reforms that the DP-NRM Cooperation Agreement calls for!
— Norbert Mao (@norbertmao) July 29, 2022
Mao, a staunch critic and opponent of the NRM and Museveni, came under fierce attack from Ugandans who are desirous of political change – to them; Mao had committed a serious crime to enter into a working relationship with the enemy.
Mao would go to be appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. He was vetted and cleared by parliament before being sworn in by the appointing authority which is President Museveni.
President Museveni said Mao’s vast leadership experience will be instrumental in uniting the country and finding solutions to help Ugandans.