Last evening, People Power Spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi appeared on NTV Uganda’s Fourth Estate program. The show was discussing the recent proposals by the Attorney General on electoral reforms and the announcement of a National Coordination team of People Power.
He was appearing alongside Ivan Rugambwa, one of the young people running the NRM social media propaganda under the umbrella Government Citizen Interaction Centre (GCIC).
On the show, Joel Ssenyonyi commented in details on the proposed electoral reforms, citing bad faith on the part of the NRM government to bring reforms contrary to what the Supreme Court advised in its ruling. According to him, the proposed amendments, such as having security agencies voting days before other voters, is a move to have the government unfairly influence the election results and carry out rigging. It is also meant to intimidate security officers who are increasingly pro-change.
Joel also condemned the move to prohibit mobile phones and cameras at polling stations as a move to entrench election rigging by Museveni and his NRM.
While speaking on the National coordination team of the Movement, Ssenyonyi said that it was a move towards organized mobilization for change under their umbrella. He also commented on the government’s continued frustration of opposition forces to mobilize and engage people while Yoweri Museveni was going around openly campaigning.
Joel also commented on the peaceful strategy by People Power to continue using non-violence towards attaining their goal;
“President Museveni was a young man together with his fellow rebels who picked up guns went to the bush killed people to take power, for us we do not want to take power that way, we are peace-loving Ugandans, we don’t want a vicious cycle of bloodshed”
It was such an eventful week for the People Power movement and revolutionaries.