I Will Leave When The Struggle is Accomplished, Besigye Assures Ugandans

  • by Rodney Mponye
  • July 29, 2020

Former presidential candidate and FDC founding president Dr Kizza Besigye yesterday declared he is still in the struggle to liberate Uganda and will only leave when the job that brought him into the struggle is accomplished.

Dr Besigye said many are wondering whether he is going to contest for presidency for the fifth time against President Museveni in 2021.

However, he warned that nobody invited him in the struggle for regime change in Uganda and, therefore, people should stop focusing on him and rather concentrate on the purpose.

“There is confusion in the public on whether Besigye is coming again. Do not focus on me, you should keep your eyes on the ball. Is there anybody who invited me in this fight or is there anyone who invited you here? Everybody is invited in the struggle with their conscience,” Dr Besigye said yesterday at the ceremony where FDC was unveiling Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago as their new member.

Mr Lukwago, formerly of Democratic Party, was unveiled yesterday at a ceremony held at the FDC offices in Najjanankumbi, a Kampala suburb.

“We all came here to fight until the job is done. Me who brought myself here will fight until the job is done. By the way, my eyes are not on the office but on the freedom and equality of all Ugandans where we can share the wealth of this country equally,” Dr Besigye charged.

He said the struggle they started long ago is about to come to an end and the fact that they have started identifying candidates who were in the reserve, they are good to go.

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Mr Amuriat further stated that party chairperson Wasswa Biriggwa, FDC chairperson for eastern region Salaamu Musumba and himself can also carry the party flag.
“By Monday next week, we shall be able to see all those who will pick the nomination forms. I can assure you that we shall go in the forthcoming elections with a candidate,” he said.

Uganda’s largest Opposition party will nominate aspirants for its presidential flag bearer on Monday and Tuesday next week before their delegates conference in September, which will choose the presidential candidate for 2021.

Mr Amuriat said the party has set three conditions for entering a coalition that has been advocated by various Opposition leaders.

He said FDC wants to know if the people asking for the coalition are not working with their “tormentors and dictators.”

The FDC president said they have established that some people without a party are working with the “tormentors” and they existed before FDC chased them. He did not mention names.

Mr Amuriat said the party also wants to know what those who want the coalition will bring to FDC and what their interests are.

“We do not want to make the mistakes we made with The TDA in 2016 where FDC was the most affected party. If we are not sure of the said conditions, I really do not know the future of the coalition,” he said.

Dr Besigye has been holding the party flag in all the previous elections, first in 2001 under Reform Agenda pressure group which later morphed into FDC in 2004. He contested again in 2006, 2011 and 2016.

The four-time presidential candidate was in the 2006 elections nominated in absentia because he was out of the country as the time of party nominations.