Mwijukye: I Was Arrested 67 times For Activism


tadalafil geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Born in Buhweju district twenty nine years ago, viagra 40mg Francis Mwijukye, prefers to be called an activist rather than an FDC member simply because of what he is always engaged in.

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“I am one of the many activists always confronted by police as a result of fighting for people’s rights and freedoms,” Mwijukye told Chimp Corp, Kenneth Kazibwe just close to Christmas day.

Joining Politics

“Though I had a humble background, irrespective of how I was brought up, I decided to get up and join politics in 2001. The desire and need to see justice prevail in Uganda made me join reform agenda in order to fight for these aspects,” added Mwijukye who is also one of the members responsible for publicity in FDC.

He explains that the poor education system which is also commercialised and the division of people in the country all forced him to join politics in order to fight them.

“One can’t be able to go to a good school if one is from a poor family or not from the lineage of the ruling. For one to be successful, one has to have a relationship with the ruling family; which is not fair,” Mwijukye said.

“Everything in the country rotates around only one man who sees himself as a god and thinks he can solve each and every problem in the country. He is the one who gives out scholarships and solves land issues; which is not fair.”

He stresses that students now join universities like Makerere not because of their performance but because of their education background for example, by going through schools like Ntare School yet it is difficult to join that school.

The member of the FDC publicity committee further decried the increased standards of living in the country stressing that only a handful of people have money which he said is spent lavishly.

“I realised things were not going on well in the country and it was time for me to come up and fight in order to restore all this. If it was for getting money, I would have joined NRM but I rather chose to fight for people’s rights. It’s not about being rich but a one people and one Uganda,” he stressed.

Relationship With Besigye

Mwijukye says he is not in any way related to former FDC President, Dr. Kiiza Besigye, but rather sees him as a fellow activist since they share a common goal.

“I have known him since 2001. It is not because we are related but because what I believe in coincides with what he believes in. I believe in justice, fairness and equality before the law which Dr. Besigye also believes in. In fact, I have also been with other activists like Ingrid Turinawe and Erias Lukwago but I don’t meet them to go for an outing,” he explained.

Struggle as an activist

Mwijukye talks about his experience as an activist and the battles he has been engaged in with genuine pride.

He says that he has been at the forefront during most of the times Besigye has been arrested by police.

“I have been arrested 67 times in three years by police but this has not stopped me from fighting on. I know all this is what I must go through and I am ready for everything because all this is temporary,” he stresses.

He also notes that there was a time when together with Besigye and other activists, he was arrested by police and charged for participating in the walk-to-work campaign but was able to get out of prison.

“We were arrested and the IGP said that he had evidence against us for walking to work but I have waited for evidence for three years now. I have never seen it as the case was dismissed later. In fact, there was a time when I had 40 cases in courts of law but now they have been reduced to only 10 after others were dismissed,” Mwijukye explains.

Walk-to-work campaign

Mwijukye profoundly talks about the walk to work campaign which he says was a nasty campaign but much of what they were advocating for was achieved.

“Before the campaign, sugar prices had risen to Shs 8,000 but the price was reduced after walk to work. People also used to see police as demi-gods but after demonstrations, they can now confront them which is a sign of success of our campaign. They have now learnt that they can’t get their rights on a silver platter but after struggling.”

Effects of activism

“It has affected me much because I have spent a lot of money during activism. There was a time I was banned from being in Kampala and only confined in Mbarara. I would leave after requesting permission from the magistrate yet I had to go to court thrice a week in Kabale and Nakawa in Kampala, which proved expensive,” he laments.

He adds that many people don’t want to associate and do business with him for fear of being arrested because of dealing with a member of the opposition.

“I am sure my family is bothered when I am in prison but it’s a call I must answer,” he stresses.

The year 2013 and 2014

Mwijukye says the year 2013 has been successful for them as activists because a lot has been achieved.

“We have been able to dispose of the dictatorship and most Ugandans now know who Museveni is. Kayihura and the entire Police force have been exposed and all people know that they are working for NRM. In fact, the struggle has not been in vain because every day Ugandans are getting better,” he explains.

Mwijukye further noted that the forthcoming year is going to be used for coordination of activism and more sensitisation of Ugandans for the betterment of the country.


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