Critics tell Besigye, Baganda to give up presidential seat

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Kizza Besigye, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and President Yoweri Museveni

Opposition strongman, Kizza Besigye, and Buganda politicians have been advised to leave the Ugandan presidential seat alone and try something else suited to their capabilities.

The bold suggestion was made by Mivule Basajja, a radio personality and David Kabanda, the leader of NRM youth in Sembabule district on Sunday.

Mivule who was donning a black tie told Muyanga Lutaaya, the host of NBS TV “Eagle” programme that he was in mourning because former Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, lost the August election.

“I’m wearing a black tie today to mourn. We thought Raila Odinga would win and support us to get rid of this problem (Yoweri Museveni),” Mivule said.

Like Odinga’s case, Mivule suggested that the Baganda as a whole, ought to stop dreaming [in case they are] of ever leading Uganda.

“Baganda should leave the presidential seat alone. Let them go to Mengo and be ruled from there,” he stated, adding, “They [Baganda] don’t know what they want.”

Besigye too should give up

NRM youth leader Kabanda also suggested that if Besigye who has stood against Museveni four times and lost them all, doesn’t learn to protect his votes, he should quit politics.

“If Besigye doesn’t learn how to protect his vote the way Odinga did, he will never be Uganda’s president.”

He added: “Even if you asked Besigye how many votes he got last year apart from those Eng Badru Kiggundu [former electoral commission chairman] declared, he doesn’t know.”

Last month, Besigye said Museveni is “illegally occupying” the office of the president of Uganda because he is not in power by the will of the people but by the will of his gun power.

“We have a junta group. And just because Museveni holds the reins of power, he is not legal. Mr. Museveni is the constitution. Whatever he wants will happen. He holds the reins of power.”

“From my stand point, Mr. Museveni was defeated in the 2016 elections and he is in office illegally,” Besigye maintained.

He said there is no legitimacy for a regime that emerges like that. Besigye said the constitutional court offers a dissatisfied candidate chance to petition in court, 10 days after an election.

“However Mr. Museveni illegally had me detained for the 10 days. That is evidence enough. Mr. Museveni did not go into power by the people’s will. He shot himself into power. I have always suggested an audit of results.”

Besigye said term limit are important because there is preponderance of abuse of power when in authority and that people do not want Museveni to be qualified for the 2021 elections.

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