Ssemanda Manisul alias King Saha has rushed to court ahead of Uganda Musicians Associations (UMA) Elections claiming he is not content with the process.
According to a letter dated 20th, May, 2022, released by Lukwago and Co. Advocates, Saha is discontented and aggrieved by the manner in which the whole process is being handled.
Saha’s lawyers claim that upto date, their client has not been availed with the voter’s register.
The letter read in part,” You have failed to display the voters’ register for scrutiny, update and verification by all stakeholders and the general public.
“There are no reasons whatsoever for conducting the election online and as such, our client objects to online voting.
“Without prejudice to (above mentioned statement) you have failed to conduct civic education for purposes of equipping the candidates and voters with technical and basic knowledge regarding online voting.
“You have failed to establish measures to ensure credibility of online polling or to guarantee a free and fair election generally.”
He further noted that the purpose of the letter is for Electoral Commission to display the voters’ registers for UMA elections and avail the same to their client.
“Halt your plans of holding online voting and streamline the whole process to ensure a free and fair election.”
This comes after the UMA Electoral Commission changed the date for election from 7th, May to 14th May and still changed to 23rd, May which left the opposition side complaining.
UMA electoral commission further went ahead and released a list of 5000 musicians who are supposed to vote which was also questionable.
It should however be noted that Cinderella Sanyu alias Cindy, Phina Mugerwa and Hannson Baliruno went to Karamoja, Mbale and Soroti to meet different clusters of musicians that they registered during lockdown as a way of campaigning for the forth coming election.
Saha says they had gone to register fake voters.
The election to select UMA leadership ia set for 23rd, May, 2022 where Cindy will be battling her close rival King Saha.
The Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) is licensed by the National Union of Creative Performing Artists and Allied Workers (NUCPAAW), to represent musicians, producers, and artist managers.
UMA exists to protect, promote and preserve Ugandan music, and advocate for the interests of its members to the government, the music industry, the media, and the public.
By Kalamira Hope