Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] Party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat has told FDC leadership from Kasese district that a dictator is someone who does not respect state institutions; he owns them and abuses or misuses them.
“Mr. Museveni is definitely a dictator and don’t expect that his institutions will work for you,” said Amuriat while speaking at
“A dictator will never allow you to enjoy freedoms and rights. Recently, we have been banned from speaking to people on rallies and on Radios.”
He said Kizza Besigye has been pulled out of Radio stations thrice and four Radios stations have been switched off while Besigye is speaking to people.
“We know Museveni doesn’t want people to hear the truth. It’s only him that wants to tell people lies.”
He added: “Although we know Museveni institutions are dead and will not accord us justice, we are going to petition Parliament and UCC for record purposes that we have been denied a chance to speak to Ugandans using electronic media.”
Amuriat told his audience that their wonderful Party (FDC) has grown stronger.
“You may have heard Mr. Museveni saying there will not be opposition by 2021 but be informed that Museveni will pocket other political parties but not FDC.”
He said FDC is now stronger than when he inherited the presidency. “We are working as a team. In fact now we work as a Trinity (FDC, Parliament and People’s Government).”
Amuriat said when he invites Besigye to Najjanankumbi for a discussion or presentation, he comes and accords him his office respect.
“When I go to Katonga, I show him respect as President. When the Leader of Minority Betty Aol Ochan, President Kizza Besigye and myself meet either at Katonga, Parliament, FDC HQ or in the field, we accord each other absolute respect.”
So FDC will work closely with People’s Government structures all over the country, although it has not established People’s Government grassroots structures in Kasese, Amuriat said.
He cited a complicated political situation after Rwenzururu Kingdom and King Omusinga Mumbere Wesley were attacked by the Museveni junta and the King exiled.
“We believed that we needed to give you time to heal after the attack in 2016. But when the People’s Government grassroots structures are finally established, make sure you keep a close working relationship like we do at the top level.”
Amuriat said they are currently under attack from both Mr. Museveni regime and some of the people in opposition.
“But be careful about the propaganda they spread against your party and leaders. It’s aimed at demoralising you. Keep focussed and ignore the propaganda.”
“But when you come under attack from the regime security apparatus, and it is going to intensify, make sure you remain non-violent. If someone confronts you with guns and teargas, if it means putting up your hands to show you are unarmed, do so and we see if they will shoot you when you are unarmed. But don’t run away because the security people, even when armed, fear your resolve and commitment.”
He said Mr. Museveni is already discredited at home and isolated by the International community; the economy has collapsed and he can no longer get a lot of money for political patronage.
Amuriat said Mr. Museveni has been found to have received a bribe from a Chinese businessman convicted by US Federal Court Mr. Patrick Ho.; and Mr. Museveni has violated and overthrown the constitution.
Most importantly, he is losing his grip on security. So now is the right time to push him because he is at his most vulnerable, the opposition leader noted.
“That is why we have declared 2019 a Year of Action. We are starting Actions now, in this year to stop Museveni regime.”
“In 2016, Museveni tried persuade us to join negotiations with him but we set serious conditions which he didn’t honour. Then he came through IPOD. But we know all these are mechanism he is trying to regain legitimacy. We know his tricks.”
Museveni doesn’t want to leave Power but wants to associate with opposition to regain his lost legitimacy, Amuriat said, adding that they are not going to give it to him.
“So we have decided that we shall keep the fight against him through struggle. Through struggle, we can stop him from organising another election he will rig or stop him from being on the ballot. We can achieve both if we work hard.”
He said in Algeria, People organised themselves and stopped their ailing President Bouteflika from contesting.
In Sudan, People stood up against Bashir and stopped him from organising and contesting in an election in 2020. “We too can do if we all work towards it.”