In commemoration of the nation’s 57th Independence Anniversary this Wednesday October 9th, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has organized a public lecture at their headquarters.
The People’s President Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye, FDC President Eng. Hon. Patrick Amuriat and other leaders will attend and speak at this event.
“What should have been a national function to commemorate our Independence has been turned into a Yoweri Museveni and NRM day, hence the need for a true national function,” the party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told press on Monday at FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi.
He said independence is not about passage of time.
“It is about what we have collectively achieved as a people. Our grandparents who resisted colonialism, fought for economic emancipation and self-rule. They wanted to gin their cotton. They wanted to be free people. They wanted equal representation.”
At 57, the only achievement that is still subsisting is having a black man at Entebbe State House, Nganda noted.
“This black man is by far worse than Andrew Cohen who was the British Governor at the time of our Independence.”
He said Cohen allowed Ignatius Kangave Musaazi, Abubakar Kakyama Mayanja, Stefano Abwangoto, Ben Okwerede, Yekosofati and S.B Katembo who formed the first political party in Uganda called Uganda National Congress to freely address political rallies.
“Today, you need a permit which is not also granted. We are being ruled at gunpoint by the most corrupt leader and group in our history. Our people have deliberately been impoverished. And the leader is lining them up to receive handouts wherever and whenever he visits.”
Nganda said Abu-Mayanja became a Secretary General of the first national political party when still a student at Makerere.
“This is a call especially to young people. This is your time and time is now. The Mayanja-Musazi slogan was Independence Now.”
He added: “Let us demand for CHANGE NOW. You the 70% of the population that Museveni calls bystanders in the economy because you have nothing.”