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Besigye files Salim Saleh tapes in court

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th March 2006 03:00 AM

A VIDEO recording showing Gen. Salim Saleh allegedly giving out money at campaign meetings is part of the evidence FDC chief Kizza Besigye has filed at the Supreme Court.

A VIDEO recording showing Gen. Salim Saleh allegedly giving out money at campaign meetings is part of the evidence FDC chief Kizza Besigye has filed at the Supreme Court.

By Hillary Kiirya & Hillary Nsambu

A VIDEO recording showing Gen. Salim Saleh allegedly giving out money at campaign meetings is part of the evidence FDC chief Kizza Besigye has filed at the Supreme Court.

Besigye wants the court to nullify President Yoweri Museveni’s election on February 23, and to order a re-count and a re-run. The hearing starts tomorrow.

Other recordings in which Museveni allegedly used abusive language at campaign meetings were also filed on Sunday among 13 other documents to rely on, including the tally sheet.

The tally sheets had, however,
not been filed at the court. It is claimed that the Solicitor General, Lucien Tibaruha, provided them late on Sunday.

Besigye, Museveni’s main challenger, says the election was marred by intimidation, lack of freedom and transparency.

Besigye’s lawyers yesterday said they were still studying the tally sheet for the whole country and would file it in court soon.

All the seven Supreme Court judges will hear the petition. They will be headed by Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki assisted by Arthur Oder, John Tsekooko, Alfred Karokora, Joseph Mulenga, George William Kanyeihamba and B. Katureebe.

In response to Museveni’s affidavits, Besigye denied he was a deserter. He gave a detailed account of his service in the Government and the army. He said he was a member of the National Resistance / National Executive Committee from 1986-1996, the minister of state for international affairs from 1986-1988, minister of state in the president’s office and national political commissar from 1988-1990.

“I was posted back to the UPDF as commanding officer mechanised regiment 1991-1993. From 1993 to 1998, I was chief of logistics and engineering UPDF. From 1994 to 1995, I was elected UPDF representative in the Constituent Assembly and from 1998 to 2000 Senior Advisor Ministry of Defence and retired from the UPDF.

“I have never been a deserter in the army where I served and retired and I have a discharge certificate and that I only left Uganda when my security was compromised but I continued fulfilling my civic duties, including paying taxes,” he said.

Museveni in his affidavit on page six called Besigye a deserter who left them fighting here and deserted to South Africa. “He left us alone to fight against Sudan, against Kony. We have defeated Kony with you. Now Besigye has come to drive around on tarmac roads which he did not build,” read part of Museveni’s quote in his affidavit.

Besigye said he pays tax through his various investments that has been used to build roads, pay soldiers of the UPDF, salaries for soldiers to fight terrorism and paid salary for Museveni and to develop the economy.

He said he had never failed to discharge his duties and was never sacked by Museveni.
Besigye said Museveni misled voters during campaign that the NRM had made big achievements in government. “The NRM Party has never been in government before but Museveni told people to vote NRM as it is responsible for the achievements of the government.”

Besigye files Salim Saleh tapes in court

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