Besigye: Museveni isn’t my enemy, Bobi Wine can’t defeat him

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Opposition figure Kizza Besigye has denied saying Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was misled to think he would win an election against President Museveni.

NBS TV sister news website “The Nile Post” reported that while interviewing him at his Katonga Road based office, Besigye said “he has talked to Bobi Wine and impressed upon him the fact that the current struggle is not to remove Museveni but to first rescue the country and empower the people”.

“I talk to Bobi Wine. Like I said, I have no political enemy. Even Museveni, I do not regard him as my enemy although for him he thinks I am his enemy. I respect Bobi Wine because has come out to take part in the struggle to liberate the country. I thank him for that because there are people who have been saying that ‘Besigye should leave’, he had done nothing. But these people do not want to take part in the struggle,” Besigye is quoted to have said.

“The only mistake he can make is to think that he will go into a presidential election and people will elect him to remove Museveni. I know there are people trying to urge him to stand. They tell him you have support here and there. Others want to ride on his popularity to become councillors…etc. All freedom fighters should come out and join the struggle. The biggest struggle today is not to find a president but to find a way to rescue this country.”

Besigye quickly run to his twitter handle and disputed the statement saying he was misquoted.

“I am shocked by this reporting! My point was that an election per se under current circumstances won’t liberate power from M7 Junta,” he tweeted on his @kizzabesigye1 handle.

Besigye says he respects Bobi Wine

Bobi Wine beat both Besigye and President Museveni last year to win the Kyadondo East MP seat.

He beat them again in Bugiri district and secured victory for Asuman Basalirwa, the JEEMA president, becoming a dominant figure poised to outshine both ageing politicians.

Besigye had dominated opposition politics for the last 20 years. He told The Nile Post that he has not denied anybody political space.

Qn: What is your view on the emergence of Bobi Wine as a major political player?

Besigye: I talk to Bobi Wine. Like I said, I have no political enemy. Even Museveni, I do not regard him as my enemy although for him he thinks I am his enemy.

I respect Bobi Wine because has come out to take part in the struggle to liberate the country. I thank him for that because there are people who have been saying that ‘Besigye should leave, he has done nothing.’ But these people do not want to take part in the struggle.

The only mistake he [Bobi Wine] can make is to think that he will go into a presidential election and people will elect him to remove Museveni. I know there are people trying to urge him to stand. They tell him you have support here and there. Others want to ride on his popularity to become councillors…etc.

Yes, all people should come out and join the struggle but the biggest struggle today is not to find someone (within the opposition) to remove Museveni but to find a way to rescue this country.

If the country is rescued there are four things to be done: We have to amend the constitution; we have to reform public institutions like police, army; we have to foster unity because there is a lot of hatred and pain among people and then we have to organise a free and fair election.

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