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Besigye Admits He Failed to Remove Museveni

Col. Kizza Besigye (
Col. Kizza Besigye

Col Dr Kizza on Saturday conceded before hundreds of people that turned up for the burial of former DP President John Ssebaana Kizito  at Mpande village ,Nyimbwa sub county Luweero District, that he failed to overcome the 3 decade reign of the National Resistance Movement under President Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye, who spoke at the funeral on behalf of the opposition Forum of Democratic Change President Gen Mugisha Muntu, acknowledged some of his critics’ observations that he failed to overthrow Museveni.

He added however, the battle against the NRM regime must not end with him.

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“I hear some people say, ‘Besigye you led this this expedition and failed;’ if that is the case, I admit; but let us find another person to take this war ahead,” said Besigye.

“This is a war we all have to fight and win, because if we don’t, everything else is a waste of time.”

Col Besigye lost on his fourth attempt last year to defeat incumbent President Yoweri Museveni through the ballot.

He stressed the election, like all the previous ones was rigged in Museveni’s favour, and therefore declared and swore himself in as the elected President of Uganda.

For this he was arrested and charged with Treason, which case is still ongoing in court.

Age Limit

At the funeral, Dr Besigye attacked the Justice and Constitution Affairs Gen Kahinda Otafiire, accusing him of “merely voicing over the demands of Museveni” to amend the constitution and remove Presidential age limit.

Besigye, while feeding off the energy of hundreds of opposition dominated mourners at the burial, implied that Minister Otafiire was not speaking his mind but that of Museveni; when he hinted on the possible amendment of Article 102 of the constitution.

The former presidential candidate was referring to Otafiire’s remarks in the media days ago, where he said Uganda’s constitution was not like commandments from God that it cannot be altered.

Speaking on the oncoming Bill intended to remove the age limit clause, Otafiire is also reported to have said that the constitution was not his property but a property of Ugandans, who he said would have the final say on the amendment.

The Constitutional Amendment Bill (2017), the minister confirmed, has already been gazetted and awaits introduction on the floor of parliament.

But according to Besigye, Minister Otafiire (who was in attendance at the funeral) was only voicing the demandS of President Museveni, who he said “is the constitution itself.”

“Otafiire is not the one saying all this,” observed Besigye. “He is only working on behalf of the one with authority.”

“The constitution which runs the nation is the gun…The war we have at hand is fighting against and defeating the gun, so that power returns to the people,” Besigye rallied the mourners.

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