VETERAN politician Vernon Mwaanga has said that he could not emphatically state whether the key voting materials for the Ugandan general elections in February this year were printed by Alghurari Printing and Publishing House, a Dubai-based comapny.
Speaking when he featured on Radio Pheonix “Let the people talk programme” yesterday, Dr Mwaanga said he did not claim that the Ugandan ballot papers for the February general elections were printed in Dubai, but his comment on the matter was that there was need to verify reports that the ballots for the Uganda general elections could have been printed in Dubai.
Dr Mwaanga was quoted by the Post Newspaper last week that it was a fact that the Alghurairi Printing and Publishing House was the same company which printed ballot papers for the Uganda 2016 elections.
Dr Mwaanga was also quoted as having said that the ballot papers for the Ugandan general elections landed in the wrong hands and that some of the ballot papers were allegedly pre-marked.
Dr Mwanga said: “It is a fact that the Alghurairi Pringing and Publishing Plc is the same company which printed ballot papers for the Uganda 2016 elections which landed in the wrong hands in Uganda just before the elections amid allegations by opposition parties and civil society organisations that the Government of President Yoweri Museveni kept printing additional papers. Some of the ballot papers were pre-marked in favour of Museveni according to testimony which was presented in court when Museveni’s re-election was challenged by opposition parties.”
But yesterday when asked by callers on the programme to substantiate his claims, Dr Mwaanga said he had only advised stakeholders to counter check and ascertain whether Alghurari Printing and Publishing House was the one that printed the ballot papers for the general elections in Uganda.
“My comment in my statement was not that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) should not print the ballots in Dubai but that stakeholders should verify if that was the company that printed the ballot papers for the Ugandan general elections. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates and does not hold elections. Why then print ballots in a country where there are no elections. The bidding process for the ballot papers is different from any other because it involves more than 15 million Zambians,” Dr Mwaanga said.