After making a surprise entry, stunning everyone at the second round of the President Candidates’ Debate last Saturday, Oxfam International Executive Director Mrs. Winnie Byanyima last evening leaped in to give the final push to her husband’s climaxing campaign rallies.
The former Mbarara Member of Parliament on Sunday evening exited the people of Bweyogerere and surrounding areas, appearing atop a Land Cruiser together with her husband Dr Besigye, who is making a forth try on the country’s highest office.
The crowds went wild as the 57 year old chorused the opposition party slogans and flashed the V sign to the thousands that had waited for hours outside the Mandela National Stadium.
Mrs Byanyima had in past weeks come under scrutiny from some Ugandans for not only “abandoning her husband’s campaign,” but also appearing to speak against it.
Byanyima at first openly challenged Dr Besigye’s coalition with former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and other opposition parties, who unsuccessfully tried to make a united front against President Museveni in this month’s elections.
She later on plainly confronted Besigye, when he first expressed reservations on the relevance of the Presidential Candidates Debate, in the absence of President Museveni. Besigye was later to change his mind and participate.
Her appearance at the Presidential Debate and the rallies, FDC believes gave a massive contribution to Besigye’s support.
Besigye also held massive rallies in Kawempe , Kasokoso and Kireka, where as has been the case was showered with gifts by his supporters.
“I know it was a day worth staying with your loved ones and families, but you chose to put Uganda first. Nothing energies me like sacrifices you make in order for us to achieve the liberation of our nation,” said a gratified Besigye.
The last time Mrs Byanyima was here, she came on the wrong side of the Uganda Police Force which stormed her house in Kasangati and dragged her to Kasangati Police station in her car.
The police officers who were keeping tabs on Dr Besigye believed he was in the car. The incident greatly enraged the then director for gender in the Bureau for Development Policy at the UNDP, who at that moment was heading to Entebbe to catch a flight back to New York.