KAMPALA: John Katumba who is standing as Independent Presidential candidate in the coming elections says the January 14th, 2021, polls will not be free and fair citing that the police is already exhibiting unfairness due to increased police brutality.
Katumba revealed this on Monday while addressing press on military brutality at Rubys Cafe Restaurant in Ntinda, Kampala.
“If Justice Simon Byabakama (Electoral Commission chairperson) is unable to hold a free and fair election, he should come clean and step aside,” he said.
“Mr Byabakama, I’m on the way. I want you to tell me who is giving these orders to fail our campaigns. If you couldn’t manage this job, you should have said so and stepped aside.”
Katumba said he was once supposed to campaign in Bunyangabu district but police drove him back to Kamwenge.
Asked if he thought EC was wrong to suspend campaigns in coronavirus high risk districts, Katumba said government failed in its duty of providing face masks and shouldn’t hold the candidates responsible.
“You didn’t give us cars, you didn’t give us money, you didn’t give people masks. You have closed 12 districts. When we go for radios, you pull is out. You are wasting the tax payers’ money.”
From Rubys Cafe Restaurant, Katumba had planned to walk on foot to EC offices along Jinja Road.
“I don’t have a car. I’m a citizen of Kampala. I have walked to EC before and will do so again.”
Journalist: But you came here in a car. Didn’t someone give you a Hummer recently?
Katumba: Hummer, yes, but he didn’t give me fuel. It’s you Ugandans who give me fuel.
Katumba concludes by calling upon all the other presidential candidates to join him so he can lead Uganda as Ugandans have decreed.
“I’m calling upon you Mr Willy Mayambala, Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, Nancy Kalembe, Chairman Norbert Mao, Hon Patrick Amuriat and Pastor Joseph Kabuleta…please join me.”
Asked why the others contenders would want to join his camp, Katumba said Ugandans have already accepted him as their leader.
Journalist: which Ugandans are you talking about? How many people know you?
Katumba: “I have now spent a month campaigning. Is there anyone who doesn’t know Katumba Oyee?”