Joseph Kiiza Kabuleta, one of the 11 presidential candidates in the just-concluded election, has spoken out on his next course of action after losing to incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni.
According to results released by the Electoral Commission (EC), Kabuleta garnered 44,300 votes to come seventh.
Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) won the election with 5,851,037 votes (58.64 per cent), followed by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of the National Unity Platform (NUP) with 3,475,298 votes (34.83 per cent), Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) with 323,536 votes (3.24 per cent), Maj Gen (Rtd) Gregg Mugisha Muntu of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) with 65,334 votes (0.65 per cent), Norbert Mao of the Democratic Party (DP) with 55,665 votes (0.56 per cent), and independent candidate Lt Gen (Rtd) Henry Kakurugu Tumukunde with 50,141 votes (0.50 per cent).
Kabuleta was ahead of four presidential candidates: independents Nancy Kalembe (37,469 votes – 0.38 per cent); John Katumba (35,983 votes – 0.36 per cent); Fred Mwesigye (24,673 votes – 0.25 per cent; and Willy Mayambala (14,657 votes – 0.15 per cent).
The Watchman Ministries pastor claims the EC rigged in favour of Museveni.
“I do not believe that Museveni got 50 per cent or even close to that for him to be declared winner,” he told reporters in Kampala on January 27.
“My agents have come from up country with declaration forms and when you tally a number of them, I am sure he did not raise 50 per cent.”
Kabuleta says he will focus on spreading the gospel of financial liberation to Ugandans.
“My journey has just started, it did not end on January 14. I came with a purpose and there will be no resting until I accomplish the task. There are people who wanted to listen to me because of the message and not necessarily to vote for me. I want to awaken the people to something,” said Kabuleta.
“I am not bound by the EC calendar. If people want to listen to me, I have fuel in my car and I have my mouth and my brains and the whole country before me. I am going to go and educate people about standing up for their economic rights because there are no rights without them. Political liberation is important but financial liberation is more important.”
Kabuleta also revealed he was saddened by the levels of voter bribery.
“Some people from my village were bought off with sugar and soap. We have to educate the electorate. How can you give away five years for sugar?” noted Kabuleta.
He swore he would not work in Museveni’s government — unless he is president in the same.
“In this Museveni government, no. Even if it is vice president. The only capacity I can serve is president,” he said.
“I cannot work with these thieves, I am a man of integrity. There are very many people who joined this government with good intentions and I know how they ended up.”