Former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, has called on Ugandans to join him in the war against President Yoweri Museveni’s rule of the gun which was invented by colonialists.
Besigye was on Saturday paying his final tributes to the late Hon John Ssebaana Kizito at his home-Mpande, Bulemezi Luweero district.
Also in attendance were; Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, Democratic Party President, Norbert Mao, former Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] President, Olara Otunu, several MPs including new Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi and Cabinet Ministers.
Besigye who represented and read the message of FDC party president, Mugisha Muntu, said Ssebaana was irreplaceable.
“When I retired from the party, I decided to speak on behalf of the people’s government. There have been divisions in political leadership in the country,” Besigye told mourners.
Besigye explained that he disagrees with things that don’t serve the interests of the people of Uganda.
“I first met Ssebanaa in NRM government when we were all ministers with Paul Ssemogwerere who then worked as the Internal Affairs minister.”
He added: “We are all gathered her because of him. He brought together people from different walks of life and political affiliations.”
Besigye said Ssebaana and his colleagues fought a big war and won-the battle with British colonisers leading to the independence of Uganda.
They, however, lost the battle involving the rule of the gun.
“The Whiteman introduced the rule of the gun and it’s the gun still leading Uganda. Those who have power are those with guns led by President Yoweri Museveni.”
According to Besigye, Museveni is the law because he holds a gun and it’s the gun that determines the laws of the land.
He then took a jibe at Justice and Constructional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, who represented Museveni at the burial of Ssebaana.
Besigye said Otafiire was not to blame for the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit because he works for Museveni and Museveni’s gun is the law.
“When they read the budget, it’s the gun talking. What the gun decides becomes the budget,” he said.
“Our fight now is that of eliminating the rule of the gun so the country can return to the hands of the people,” Besigye went on, amid loud cheers and ululations from the mourners.
“This is the war that should unite us all. Some say I have so far failed in this war. But until we win this war, we are wasting our time. Let Ssebana rest in peace knowing that we will win this war.”