National Unity Platform (NUP) President and flag bearer in the just concluded 2021 presidential elections Hon. Kyagulanyi Sentamu has urged NUP members and supporters across the country to stay peaceful as he plans to contest the results announced on Saturday by the electoral commission in court.
Kyagulanyi, who garnered 3,475,298 votes which translates to 34.83% of the total votes lost the presidential race to the incumbent and National Resistance Movement (NRM) flag bearer, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa who garnered 5,851,037 votes translating to 58.64%.
Kyagulanyi who came in second of the eleven candidates refused to concede defeat and said that he would take to the courts of law to contest the results which he believes were heavily rigged in the midst of the internet shut down.
The former Kyadondo East Member of Parliament has been under “house arrest” with his wife Barbra Itungo Kyagulanyi, since the 14th of January 2021 after he had finished voting.
He said that it is painful but an inevitable leadership decision to ask of all the young people to desist from any form of violence as they (NUP leadership) prepare to take legal action to challenge the election outcomes.
“I take this painful but nonetheless inevitable leadership decision of urging you to desist from any form of violence as we prepare to challenge the election outcome and its glaring imperfections through the courts of law for the sake of our long-term victory and for Uganda,”Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, NUP President.
He remains under house arrest since the voting day with his house and property surrounded by military and police; even thought the security forces say they are only there to protect him as a presidential candidate.