Besigye: We Must Overthrow M7 Before 2016


discount geneva;”>Besigye says he will lead a spirited struggle against Museveni with the view of toppling him before 2016 Presidential elections.

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The FDC leader has today Wednesday evening been speaking at “Hot Seat”, a popular call-in political show at Kfm radio station in Namuwongo, Kampala.

“Change does not come on a silver plate. Not at all. There must be a cost to it. There is no way we can give up now when many of our friends have been killed and tortured by the regime,” Besigye roars.

“We shall not have elections in 2016. We can not allow this regime to organise another election. It must go. We can not leave the struggle especially now when the regime is so weak. All Ugandans should forget an election under Museveni in 2016, whether you are a flag-bearer or not,” Besigye thunders.

“If we do not have fundamental reforms, an election in Uganda will be worthless,” he adds.

Besigye, who has lost thrice to President Museveni in hotly contested election races, says there is a growing level of frustration among Ugandans due to the sinking economy.

He says people are capable of rising up in arms against government but lack leadership.

Besigye contends Museveni has focused on coercing and undermining the leadership of the opposition leadeship.

He further notes opposition is facing a stiff challenge of communicating ideas of change to the common man on the grassroot.

The FDC stalwart says Museveni has demoralised the masses by telling them he is not going any where but stay around as President.

“People now think nothing can change,” Besigye says.

“The common man needs to be enlightened on the causes of his worsening quality of life. People should be emotiionally charged to cause change. The regime is sitting on a powder keg,” he adds.


Besigye defends walk-to-work demonstrations, saying they are Constitutional.

“Regimes far more entrenched than this NRM regime have collapsed when people have come out to demand for change and accountability. We have learnt non-violent protests are more effective than using arms,” Museveni’s former bush war physician charges.

Besigye reminds the public of the 500 skulls displayed by Museveni in Luweero, saying war has no justification.

Besigye says demonstrations are capable of defeating the army because even military generals know power belongs to the people.

“Ugandans might not be able to sustain protests on a wide scale but that doesn’t mean they are cowards. Each and every day, they are increasingly getting bold. Never before had people in Uganda’s history challenged a President like today,” the former commander of Masaka Mechanised Brigade says.


Besigye now says going to prison is becoming part and parcel of opposition leaders’ lives.

“For example since we launched walk-to-work in April, people have exhibited rare courage to confront security forces despite threats of being thrown behind jail,” he says.

Besigye says opposition will soon roll out a road map, communicating to the masses on what is expected of them.

“People should get effectively involved and bear all the costs of the struggle. There is no scientific explanation on how long the struggle will take. One can only make broad projections,” Besigye responds to a question on the time frame within which the revolution is expected to bear fruit.


Despite repeatedly threatening to cause a tsunami which is yet to come, Besigye is confident “change can happen anytime if you look at the way the regime is handling issues.”


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