Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] strongman, Kizza Besigye, came to the defence of former party president, Mugisha Muntu, who has over the years been accused of infiltrating opposition as President Museveni’s mole.
“Before Gen. Muntu was a mole, I was a mole. I am still accused of being a mole since 2001,” Besigye said while appearing on NTV “On the Spot” programme.
He said the issue of a mole has not started with Gen. Muntu. “I have been called all sorts of names, that I dangerous, most power hungry, hooligan but I simply ignore them.”
Besigye said he simply focuses on fighting the “dangerous regime of Museveni” leaving “people to judge us based on our actions”.
“I have been called all sorts of names, that I’m dangerous, most power hungry, hooligan but I simply ignore them.”
Besigye says there is no struggle anywhere in the world that will succeed without organisation.
To him, no one can challenge the supremacy of an organisation to defeat a dictatorship. “The challenge we have is confusion and lack of understanding of activism and organisation.”
He said part of what is happening is because Uganda has never experienced democracy. What is happening in FDC is contestation of different views and ideas unlike in any other political party, he explained.
“Nobody appreciates what is happening in FDC. That is why people always say the party will split. But what is happening in FDC is new, it is unique.”
Besigye said in 2012 when he resigned from the presidency, he was accused of supporting Nathan Nandala Mafabi. Muntu defeated Mafabi using the structures Besigye left behind.
“So it is not true that I influence voting in FDC,” he said recalling that in 2015, FDC elected new structures from the village to the national level and those structures voted a new President.
“FDC is a completely different animal. What we should take about is the money the flood during party elections. But delegates are not compromised.”
Change and transition
He said Gen. Museveni can hand over to Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and people say that one generation handed over to another generation.
“But it is not change. The struggle that we are in is to change the system where people are in control of their country. And Museveni understands that.”
“Why did Museveni go to the bush, why did he cause the death of over a thousand people in the bush?” Besigye wondered, praying that Ugandans have a transition before 202.
He said after that transition, no one will see him as a candidate.
He said the entrenchment of the constitution is in peoples’ minds and that’s why they are standing up to say enough is enough.
“The 30 years of Mr. Museveni has not done a good job. I pray that we have a transition by 2021.”
He ruled out the use of force saying it cannot ensure change of power.
“I do not think that changing article 102b is amending the constitution. I think it is overthrowing the constitution.”
Besigye said all dictators have never prepared to leave. “So we don’t expect the dictatorship to change its stands”.
He said the arrogance is going to continue because they [NRM government] have no eyes to see or ears to hear what the population is saying.
He observed that a constitution is not a piece of paper but must be what the majority of people wish the way they should be governed.
“I have never had the illusion that even if won power would be handed over to me. It does not matter what Mr Museveni and his procured Parliament do. You saw what people were telling them. I think it will simply not work.”
He said all Ugandans can do is use elections to create the changes they want.
“This offers a first chance where citizens without the influence of the incumbency can create institutions and have free and fair elections.”
He recalled that transition is the cardinal failure of the NRM because it was sabotaged per the 1999 paper that he wrote.
“We need people to unite and say enough is enough. Strike is a very fundamental stake of defiance. People can take action in concert and stop the regime.”