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Besigye, Opposition Leaders Form New Alliance To Remove M7

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tadalafil http://davidyoho.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-ajax.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The development confirms opposition has been secretly inciting strikes across the country to cause regime change.

Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi told Chimpreports.com on Monday that KACITA spokesperson Issa Ssekito and opposition leaders were inciting traders to strike.

In a media briefing at Fairway Hotel in Kampala, Col. Kizza Besigye, John Ken Lukyamuzi, Mike Mabikke, Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere and Asuman Basalirwa vowed to support who ever seeks to oust Museveni.

“We call upon all Ugandans; students, youth, traders, importers, exporters, farmers, teachers, medical workers, drivers, artisans, factory workers, civil servants in general, those employed in the informal sector, employers, tenants – all – to dedicate this year of Uganda’s 50th anniversary to organise themselves and demand for their rights,” Basalirwa read the statement on behalf of other leaders.

“We shall support those who insist on accountability from the NRM government which has made it its business to steal public funds, lie, hoodwink, threaten, bribe, and to brutalise peaceful demonstrators.”

He further noted: “We shall stand by anyone who seeks redress and unjust treatment by this corrupt government. We will announce the schedule and nature of our own activities in due course.”

The statement comes at a time when the country has been plunged into chaos by opposition rioters.

Police today morning battled residents of Wankulukuku and Gayaza as they protested increased load shedding and hiked power tarrifs.

The joint statement has been perceived as a move to woo supporters from all opposition parties to remove government.

Interestingly, the leaders have not been on good terms especially Mabikke and Besigye since the February general elections. Mabikke faulted Besigye for supporting his rival Erias Lukwago for the Kampala mayoral seat.

The re-union of the opposition leaders has sparked concerns there could be a greater force funding the alliance which is hell-bent on toppling Museveni before 2016 presidential elections.

In their address, the party leaders said they were “optimistic that this year will bring major victories in the struggle for genuine democracy, and good government.”

They said as Uganda plans to celebrate 50 years of Independence, “it is time to take stock of the achievements and failures of the last half a century and propose a way forward for our country.”

LAVISH

They said: “This ever lavish celebration comes at a time when over 7000 teachers have not received their December 2011 salary.

This is the same time when the government has, to date, barely five months to the next budget reading managed to release only 20% of the development budget.”

They noted the level of unemployment among the youth in Uganda has “shot to a dangerous 83 per cent which puts Uganda in second place after Niger in the world to have the youngest and most unemployed population.”

EXTERNAL DEBT

The opposition leaders said Uganda’s external debt has risen nearly fourfold in three years to $4 billion, or 24 percent of gross domestic product, and is expected to rise to 31 percent of GDP by 2015.

“Uganda’s external debt stood at $1.1 billion in June 2006. Yet there is nothing to show for the huge debt burden, most of which has been squandered by corrupt government officials.”

They further stated: “The health system is down, the roads are in shambles, the education sector is ailing – teachers at all levels of education are threatening to strike again unless their grievances are positively responded to.”

SCANDALS

They said corruption scandals in which the President’s name has been mentioned have bedeviled the nation.

INFLATION

The opposition leaders said inflation in Uganda is at a staggering 31% and interest rates have risen to un-proportional levels and the cost of money was killing business.

“The traders are on strike. Schools are opening shortly with hiked fees, parents, whose salaries and incomes in general have not improved at all in the past year are at a loss at what to do.”

They attributed the economic crisis to “the last fraudulent Presidential elections of February 2011, saying the ruling party, under the leadership of Museveni, raided the national coffers and spent over USh. 650 billion, (without approval by parliament), in voter bribes and other election related pledges.”

They said Uganda’s human rights record has continued to plunge with authoritative reports including the Uganda Human Rights annual reports documenting the Police Force as leading in human rights abuse.

They called upon all Ugandans, especially organised civil society groups, to campaign aggressively for social, political and economic reforms.

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