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Survey: Ugandans Speak Out on Besigye 2016 Exit

link http://cvgfinance.com.au/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/admin/whats-new.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The move, viagra 60mg http://cyancdesign.com/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-installer-skin.php which rules him out of the upcoming 2016 general elections, has been described by many city dwellers as a major shift in the country’s democratic electoral politics.

Kampala is one of the few areas that Col Besigye has won in all the three presidential runs he has made against incumbent President Museveni.

Museveni last month while commissioning the new taxi park in downtown Kampala went comic when he said that Besigye was running his own government in the capital.

“But that doesn’t bother me so much because at the end of the day, I have 80 percent votes in Busoga, 90 percent in the west, etc, and I am declared winner. So Besigye and his group run their smaller government here in Kampala and I run the bigger government elsewhere,” he said.

Our Corp on Wednesday visited several work places in the city and sought people’s take on Besigye’s move.

Standing out, however, was that 9 out of 16 who had voted for Besigye in 2011, said they were no longer interested in taking part in any other presidential election.

“We can now say that we are back to square one,” said Mable Kyanda who runs an internet café on William Street. “Going back to polls for me is a waste of time”

A number of street vendors we spoke to, hair stylists and shop attendants in major city arcades believed that amidst all hardships in their face today, there would at least be some relief from city riots and teargas especially during and after the elections.

“Politics actually doesn’t interest me. It only comes to me in form of bullets and teargas, when police is running after Besigye and Lukwago,” noted Joyce, a graduate salesgirl at a boutique in Wandegeya.

“All that matters to me is that I live, work hard, and transform my life and that of my family; all I need is an environment for that.”

Motor mechanics in Kisekka market, however, don’t think that Besigye’s exit creates any difference.

A one Mukasa Kavuma reckons Besigye is only a Colonel, while his successor is a General after all.

No hope

According to Kavuma, it is hopeless to think that the current government can be toppled by ballot papers. All hope, he says, lies in radical means and having top marshals championing the struggle is the way to go.

Charlotte Nahabwe, a Makerere Student said his bet was on a 40-year reign for president Museveni. “Museveni’s opposition is too confused, and his focus on regional integration speaks volumes.”

Michael Kazibwe, Makerere student: Mugisha Muntu is unpredictable for me. I barely know what he stands for, and though he speaks low, he seems tougher than Besigye.

Rose Kiguli: I don’t think Besigye is gone for good. He probably wants to put off all curtailing democratic elements and come back in full combat mode.

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