In a brief note released during the weekend, Besigye noted that “If this approach is continued, it will mean another catastrophic failure of the EAC.”
The former FDC leader reflected on his ‘preventive’ home arrest during the EAC leaders’ visit to Uganda, saying the integration efforts need to be slowed down until the Ugandan government respects human rights.
“As if this was not enough, it seems that the gathering of EAC leaders in Uganda means I become a prisoner. The Lord Mayor of the city they are visiting is similarly a prisoner. Kampala streets could be mistaken for streets of Mogadishu, by the kind of Police and Military deployments,” said the former Presidential candidate.
“If this is what EAC means for us, I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I think East African should be patient until we get democratic governments; in order to build lasting EAC that benefits its entire people.”
Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, Jakaya Kikwete, Paul Kagame and Pierre Nkurunziza were in Uganda during the weekend to sign the Monetary Union protocol which would be implemented over a ten-year period.
Speaking at the launch of the Monetary Union Protocol at Speke resort, Munyonyo on the shores of Lake Victoria, President Kenyatta the Community is strong and its leader’s commitment to it is unwavering.
He said as the integration crystallizes into socio-economic and political reality, there is need to intensify civic education, so as to create awareness and sensitize all citizens of this region on the meaning, benefits and opportunities arising from the Community.
He called on the member states to set aside resources and set up a comprehensive programme to enlighten the people of East Africa.
“We are now a people destined for greatness, prosperity and happiness. Our borders are fast becoming mere formalities. As we integrate, we cease to be a group of neighbouring nations and become one people.”