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I am No Better Than Museveni – Besigye

Besigye addressing a gathering in Netherlands on Saturday (Photo Credit: Ronald Muhinda)

Former four-time unsuccessful presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye has cautioned his supporters not to trust with certainty that he has better leadership qualities than President Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye said that people should not be elected in leadership positions for what they promise to be, clinic http://cyberstudio.biz/main/plugins/content/sigplus/fields/backup.php but for the existence of a mechanism that will force them to stick to their promises.

Dr Besigye made the remarks on Saturday afternoon while addressing the Uganda Diaspora Conference in The Hague, http://chompdigital.com/wp-includes/ms-files.php Netherlands.

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In his message that faintly hinted on his intentions to contest again for President, http://cooleyhandy.com/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/generic_item.php the retired colonel reechoed his promise of giving the power back to the people so that leaders are held responsible by the people they lead.

He noted, “I do not want to give anybody the impression that they should support me because I have better qualities than Museveni.

“I want you to support me as a leader or any other leader because of the things we say that we are going to do, provided that that is what you think should be done; well knowing that if I don’t do it, it will be well within your power to get rid of me as soon as possible. I should know that you are changing me any time I don’t do what I set out to.”

He elucidated, “Justice is for the vigilant. Even if it is a just system, if I slap you and you don’t go to court, how will you get justice?”

Besigye like in his previous addresses blamed Uganda and Africa’s problem on the servant mentally that people have to their leaders.

People in Uganda today, he said, have no capacity to have influence on their leaders, which he said he intends to change once elected into office, so that citizens are empowered to become masters of their leaders.

“Without this power for the people, even if you elect me now, I might use the same mechanisms as Museveni has used to dominate you and abuse my authority,” noted Besigye.

“Ugandans no longer have confidence as citizens; in many of our cultures people consider themselves powerless and servants to the gun holders. You hear for instance the Basoga famously say, omwami kyakoba nzena kyenkola.”

Actor

During the conference, Dr Besigye accused President Museveni of lying about most of the promises he made before he took power; and branded him an actor.

“I tell you, people believed Museveni would not be corrupt. If he was an actor in some of these developed countries he would have a lot of accolades. He is an excellent actor; He would persuade you that he is something which is totally the opposite of him. That’s what he did for the most part,” said Besigye.

“At the time he became president he was the most trusted person. People thought that he did not believe in opulence and wastage of money. He said he would be using plastic mugs for his tea. He criticized anybody who was wasteful. He` said, why should we import furniture from Europe when people are making it here?; I hear he repeated the same recently, when he has been importing expensive furniture for 30 years. He has never slept on a bed made in Uganda.”

Besigye was referring to President Museveni’s recent call for import substitution and export promotion, in which he lambasted Ugandans for being “chief importers.”

The president says Uganda must stop importing things such as carpets and hairs and support the locally made products.

He has since directed all government entities to procure only locally made furniture.

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