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Museveni opposes UN on Ivory Coast polls

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Jan 25, 2011.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    President Museveni has described as “simplistic” the UN’s recognition of Alassane Outtara as winner of Ivory Coast’s disputed presidential ballot and instead called for an independent investigation.

    State House called this newspaper yesterday (Jan. 24) to say Mr Museveni prefers the African Union sets up an ad hoc committee to find out how the conduct and results of the vote have generated a difference of opinion.

    “There is need for a serious approach that involves investigating the (electoral) process, including registration of voters and who voted,” presidential Spokesman Tamale Mirundi said, quoting Mr Museveni.

    “There should be investigations, not just declaring who has won. No, no, no!”

    The West African country held a presidential re-run vote on November 28 in which the international community says Mr Outtara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo.

    They have since asked Mr Gbagbo, who controls much of the government, to hand power over to his bitter rival while the UN and other western nations have accredited diplomats appointed by Mr Outtara.

    “Uganda differs with the UN and international community on Ivory Coast,” Mr Tamale said, “If elections are contested, you just don’t declare one candidate a winner. You must investigate thoroughly what went wrong.”

    Separately, West Africa’s economic bloc, ECOWAS
    is considering military action to depose adamant Gbagbo.

    It has also emerged that Mr Museveni and his host, Mr Jacob Juma, during a meeting in South Africa last Friday, agreed to push for an independent continental inquiry into the Ivory Coast elections.

    “The two leaders condemned what they termed as a simplistic approach by the international community to address the Ivory Coast problem,” an official privy to the discussions in South Africa, said.

    As it turns out, former South African President Thabo Mbeki was shoved aside as a mediator and replaced with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga because he favoured independent investigation much to the chagrin on the international community.

    Political executives of the African Union will during their sitting on January 31 to February 1, due in Addis Ababa, seek to harmonise the disparate positions to extricate the conflict-prone Ivory Coast from the present quagmire.

    Yesterday, Spokesman Tamale said Mr Museveni and Mr Zuma prefer an alternative approach because “each country has a Constitution and framework within which to solve internal problems”.

    “So it is not up to the UN or international community to recognise this or that winner;
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    Baba Sangara JF-Expert Member

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    Mbeki was sent home for very simple reasons. Whenever he leaves Cote d'Ivoire, he leaves with a few contracts be it a Telecommunications license as in 2004/2005 for MTN and major gold concessions for Anglogold. Mbeki sells his position for money. Gbagbo has rewarded him generously every time he went to Cote d'Ivoire to mediate.
    Museveni has another problem, his elections in February. With this position of his, the international community should send a UN team to monitor his elections. Very simple!

    "Uganda differs with the UN and international community on Ivory Coast," Mr Tamale said, "If elections are contested, you just don't declare one candidate a winner. You must investigate thoroughly what went wrong."

    The truth of the matter is that there was no-one contested the elections in cote d'Ivoire. All the protests by Gbagbo'd party were lodged by the Electoral Commission and the contested areas removed from the vote Tally. READ: All complaints were lodged and votes cancelled in those areas! The results of the elections were 54% for Allasane Ouattara and 46% for Gbagbo with all the complaints lodged. The problem was that elements of the ruling party blocked the announcement of results at the Electoral committee by technicalities and brute force (sending the army into the Electoral commissions premises) until the allowed 72 hours had elapsed forcing the results to be transferred to the constitutional council. Here, in a record 24 hours, 24,000 tally papers were examined by a group of 7 people. That is 16 vote tallies a minute or 3.75 seconds per vote tally. Based on complaints lodged to the electoral commission, the kangaroo constitutional council went on to nullify votes for entire regions based on abnormalities in individual voting stations. In TZ terms, that means nullifying the votes for for the whole coastal region for a problem in a voting station in kawe.... To add insult to injury he went on to nullify votes for complete regions. In TZ terms, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Mara and Kilimanajaro....
    Museveni ana shida zake.... Thabo Mbeki na Zuma wanajali maslahi yao tu