KAMPALA – With opposition stalwart Dr. Kizza Besigye opting out of the 2021 polls citing the credibility of the process, current FDC President Eng. Patrick Amuriat has on Tuesday announced he will run for President.
Mr. Amuriat, commonly known as POA said in a morning message on Tuesday that he will be picking nomination forms for the FDC flagbearer on Wednesday, ready to run for President.
He said in a statement:
“I have this day of 17th August, 2020 taken a conscious decision to offer myself as candidate for President of Uganda. For this to happen I must subject myself to the internal selection process of my party, the Forum for Democratic Change, FDC”.
Dr Besigye on weekend said he will not participate in the coming presidential elections because they will not be free and fair.
Journalist Andrew Mwenda in an OpED published by this website wrote that:
Besigye believes he has won the last four presidential elections against President Yoweri Museveni. In 2001 and 2006 the Supreme Court ruled that there were significant irregularities in the electoral process but they were not sufficient to alter the final outcome. So his claims are valid”.
He added: “There is a lot of evidence that elections in Uganda are not free and fair. Museveni enjoys all the advantages of incumbency using the state to limit the space within which his opponents can campaign. Long before official campaigns commence, he uses the police to block opposition rallies while at the same time using the resources of the state to campaign under the guise of fighting poverty. He dominates the mass media both state and private. By the time of official campaigns, he has a big head start over his rivals”
POA FOR PRESIDENT
Fellow Citizens, family, friends and members of the Great Forum for Democratic Change Party,
I have this day of 17th August, 2020 taken a conscious decision to offer myself as candidate for President of Uganda. For this to happen I must subject myself to the internal selection process of my party, the Forum for Democratic Change, FDC.
Accordingly I will be picking and completing the FDC forms for Expression of Interest tomorrow Wednesday 19th August, 2020 at 10:30 am and returning Nomination forms on 26th August, 2020 at 11 am.
I count on you all to offer prayers and all forms of support as I make this journey to become the highest ranking servant of this country.
Thank you all
God bless you.
One Uganda One People
POA, POA, POA.