Opposition Reject Use of Guns Against Museveni


cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”> approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Though their recent nationwide campaign for free and fair elections, the leaders revealed that they were bombarded with demands from especially youthful Ugandans to be supplied with guns to launch a combat offensive against the government.

“In our campaign, people kept asking us, ‘Please forget about elections, forget about discussions and democracy, and give us guns, because that’s what [Museveni] understands most,’” revealed UPC President Olara Otunnu this Monday morning.

In their two-day consultative meeting held in Mukono over the weekend, however, the leaders of the various opposition parties, Otunnu said, agreed not to give this option a chance.

“Of course we understand peoples’ frustration, we know what has brought them this far, but we have concluded that this program is about causing a peaceful democratic change; not through the gun,” stressed Otunnu while addressing press at FDC Headquarters in Najjanankumbi.

At the opposition party joint conference, Conservative Party’s Ken Lukyamuzi held that while these radical demands were wholly valid, taking to the bush would not fully deliver the nation from bad leadership.

He noted, “At the mention of the word ‘guns,’ one should not be startled because in the struggle for freedom, even the United Nations can provide nationals with guns to redeem themselves from a bad regime.”

“So, the voices came out loud and clear, we heard them, but we decided that guns are outdated. We know that we can deliver this nation without the help of the rifle.”

The decision effectively deflates recent reports in the media that some of the major opposition parties had backed the use of armed struggle to oust President Yoweri Museveni.

Uganda People’s Congress reportedly backed renegade Gen David Sejusa’s bid to take up arms against the NRM.

Party spokesperson Okello Lucima, was quoted as saying: “All Ugandans are at liberty to rise up with any kind of change they so wish for this country.”

He said for the past 27 years, Uganda has been and continues to be under an oppressive and dictatorial regime and it is time for new ideas.

Okello said the UPC has always yearned for a political change for Uganda even before Sejusa came out but they want to use the relevant civil, political means which are available.


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