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article imageBesigye: Eat money to buy votes, then vote against the thieves Special

By Ann Garrison     Feb 17, 2011 in Politics
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wants to remain president, after ruling for the past 26 years with diplomatic, financial, and military support from the U.S. and the UK.
Dr. Kizza Besigye, Mr. Olara Otunnu, and Mr. Norbert Mao are running against him, but few outside Museveni's National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party expect the election to be free or fair. When U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and Under Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carsons visited Uganda on February 4th, all three opposition candidates assured them it would not be.
When asked, at a press conference, what he will do if Ugandans protest, Museveni said, "Simple. Lock them up. Simple."
Uganda s President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for the past 26 years.  Dr. Kizza Besigye is ru...
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has been in power for the past 26 years. Dr. Kizza Besigye is running against him for the third time.
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Ugandans began voting in both parliamentary and presidential elections on Friday, February 18th, after the country's Daily Monitor reported that there are roughly 140,000 dead people, 5000 people 110 years and older, and half a million foreigners on the rolls.
"The dead people might be so appalled that they might vote for the opposition this time," said Ugandan American Newspaper Editor Milton Allimadi.
Dr. Kizza Besigye urged any hungry Ugandans selling their votes to Museveni and the NRM to eat the money, use it to get a good meal, because "it's your money, not anybody else's money."
Uganda  in East Africa.
Uganda, in East Africa.
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"Eat it," he said, "then go and vote against the thieves."
The Twitter hashtag for Uganda's election is #Ugandavotes.
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