People Power Movement leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine Sunday lashed out at the ruling NRM regime that was celebrating its 34th year in power.
“Today, President Museveni’s regime of plunder and national shame makes exactly 34 years in power,” he said.
According to the presidential hopeful, there is a very small portion of the population that will be celebrating this day because they are well fed, powerful and rich.
“Those corrupt people who have stolen our nation’s wealth, oppressed the people and enriched themselves at the expense of struggling Ugandans will be feasting today.”
He said majority of the citizens look back to this day with disappointment and frustration and they look back to this day with sadness.
“Those who lost family members and loved ones during the war that brought President Museveni to power look back to this day with misery.”
He maintained that majority of the veterans of that war will be looking at this day with deep regret.
“Although they started with promise, the biggest part of the 34 years have been dominated by corruption, tribalism, marginalisation of sections of the population, murders, poverty, and the extreme clampdown of human rights.”
He added: “Friends, may we now rise to the occasion and redeem our nation from the claws of these people. It is either now or never.”
According to Bobi Wine, Museveni has nothing left to offer the country and “the call of history is upon us to liberate our motherland”.
Malac warned of bad end to the regime
Last week, the outgoing US Ambassador Deborah Malac said discussion on political transition is not entirely “in the sense of politics”—of who or which group should rule next—but about charting the country’s future by forging common goals and “figuring out” all voices, especially the youth who comprise the majority population.
She told media in Kampala that while discussions on transition in Uganda are suppressed, there are consequences.
“It is about how do the majority of the population, the 30-year-olds and below feel; like they have a voice, have solutions to problems. Like let us not talk about who sits in what chair; let us talk about where do we want the country to be in five years, 10 years or in 20 years.”
She believes some of that is not political in the pure sense of politics; it’s about opening those opportunities, opening those doors for Ugandans to have a voice to say ‘‘we want this”.
“What do we need to do differently in terms of different economic policy making, what do we need to do differently in terms of political decision making, about policies…”
She said across history, regimes that stay in power for long do not plan for what comes next and often end badly. “… but you know a transition will happen at some point because it must. None of us are immortal.”
She also described Uganda “as a cornerstone of stability in a tumultuous neighbourhood”.
She also emphasised economic growth and better protection for human rights.
Ambassador Malac named envoy to Uganda in September 2015, replacing Scott DeLisi.