Former Presidential Candidates Shun M7 Innauguration

Most of the former contenders in the February 2016 elections say they will not attend Yoweri Museveni’s swearing ceremony which is due in four days.

President Museveni, the incumbent won seven others including four time challenger Dr.Kiiza Besigye of the opposition’s Forum for Democratic Change, PDP’s Dr Abed Bwanika and John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, his former Prime minister.

Others are Benon Biraro, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, a former Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Maureen Kyalya Walube and Joseph Eiton Mabirizi.

Early this week, NRM deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said the former candidates were issued with invitation cards to the inauguration, something they heavily refute.

FDC’s Kizza Besigye tells K-FM that he has not received the invite and that he cannot attend such a ceremony.

Abed Bwanika of the People’s Development Party also dismisses the talk regarding the invitation.

In a similar way, Joseph Mabirizi says that Ofwono’s invitation is a mere allegation, and a show for the press.

Efforts to talk to other candidates on the matter have so far yielded no fruit.

Story By Moses Kyeyune