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Besigye Targets Elite in “Red Ribbon Campaign”

Dr Kizza Besigye
Dr Kizza Besigye

Opposition strongman Col Dr Kizza Besigye today launched what is being termed as the “Red Ribbon Campaign”, which among others seeks to “isolate” the rich elite people that may be supporting the constitutional amendment to rid the presidential age limit.

The campaign, Besigye hopes, will expose the elite who tend “legitimize injustice” behind the curtains.

Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye took the front seat of a city commuter taxi. Besigye says many people left home their vehicles

Buhweju MP Francis Mwijukye took the front seat of a city commuter taxi. Besigye says many people left home their vehicles

Under the campaign, which police is apparently trying to curtail,  people are being called to park their vehicles on Tuesdays, and travel to work using public transport means.

That way, according to Besigye, the people who have the luxury of vehicles get to identify with the poor people by joining them in public transport vehicles.

The NRM regime he said tends to use the elite class of people to maintain its grip on power.

“They (elite) become their agents to control and misguide the population. We want to start on the process of isolating them, so that people get to know who is with them.”

Results

Besigye told press at his residence this morning that so far the campaign was taking shape especially in Kampala, noting that he had received reports that many people left their vehicles at home.

“They fear because the majority of the people are looking at them; and that is good fear” he said.

Not Walk To Work

Police woke up to deploy at various places including the residence of Dr Besigye in Kasangati; perhaps in anticipation of the infamous Walk to Work kind of activity.

But Besigye clarified that the Red Ribbon campaign is entirely about using public transport.

“I am sorry to disappoint some of you who thought you were going to walk with me to work,” he joked to the media at the press conference.

He also clarified that the campaign is not about him as Besigye, just like the Walk to Work campaign of 2011 was not.

 

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