Former Presidential Candidate Colonel Dr Kiiza Besigye doesn’t regret “sacrificing” his family life for the struggle that he has kept up for more than 15 years, stomach http://dangerdame.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-order-functions.php to overthrow the “dictatorial” regime of the National Resistance Movement and President Yoweri Museveni.
Dr Besigye, http://comfortzonetoronto.com/wp-includes/class-feed.php who has been arrested and detained several dozen times and often physically assaulted says, http://chachanova.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/response.php he is not just sacrificing his family but also sacrificing for it.
The four-time presidential candidate who is currently abroad on a short trip, is facing treason charges which carry the ultimate (death) sentence.
He Friday afternoon told the UK’s BBC Africa that his family has been supportive of his efforts and hasn’t tried to talk him out of it.
Besigye says he entered the struggle, well aware of what would happen to him.
“I knew the consequences of opposing a dictatorship while in the country; I also knew the effects it would have on my immediate family,” he told the BBC in an interview.
He then went to explain why his family stood behind him; “I met my wife in the struggle and she is as convicted as I am in this. The children on the other hand, having grown up listening to why we are doing this, are also quite supportive.”
Besigye’s wife Winnie Byanyima was a seasoned politician and activist representing Mbarara Municipality in Parliament before she quit politics to join international diplomacy. She is now the Executive Director of the UK based Oxfam International.
Their 17 year old son Anselm Besigye who was sneaked out the country as a toddler is now studying in the Unites States.
Besigye said in the interview however, that the images of his torture at the hands of Ugandan police often continue to affect his family.
The opposition FDC strongman said he sometimes gets messages from his son concerning his welfare and that sometimes these images affect the young man’s studies.
“I am not sacrificing my family, but also sacrificing for them,” he reiterated. “If this situation doesn’t change, the kind of life I have lived in Uganda is not the kind that I would want them to live. I am sure they also don’t want this kind of country. But of course it would be better if they didn’t have to go through what they are going through now.”
On whether he ever thinks of throwing the towel for his own life’s sake, Besigye said this hasn’t crossed his mind yet.
He noted, “The reason I continue is because the objective for which I started this has not been met; many of my colleagues laid down their lives in the struggle.
“Although I am seen to be suffering, and I might be the most visible one; many people go through what I do only that they are not as visible as I am.
“Of course I do everything to keep around and fight another day, but I made a choice that I am better off dying doing something, than giving up and living at the whims of some few people who monopolize power.”