I am Ridiculed for Not Using Guns – Besigye – ChimpReports

I am Ridiculed for Not Using Guns – Besigye

Col Dr Kizza Besigye says he chose the peaceful means of struggle because violence can be disastrous and hard to heal

Col Dr Kizza Besigye has “quite often” been ridiculed by those who are conversant with Uganda’s political history, viagra sale http://clermontraces.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_other_options/package.module.nextgen_other_options.php — that all political transitions are always through guns and bloodshed.

The former presidential candidate revealed yesterday that his struggle to overthrow the NRM regime has been doubted because he has no guns.

Dr Besigye was yesterday addressing members of the Kenyan branch of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya) who are meeting in Durban to discuss and reflect on democracy in Africa.

“Since 1962, approved no single has ever handed over power peacefully to another. Every leader has been bombed out of office and whoever has occupied the highest office has bombed his way into government,” she said.

“And so, I face a lot of ridicule sometimes because people ask me how I think I will make things any different. If you don’t have bombs you will not get there, they say.”

Besigye however, said the political campaign that he has been running since 2001, is just like that of the 1980s which catapulted the current regime into power.

Making reference to the 1981 war which commenced with 30people facing two different armies (Ugandan and Tanzanian) with only 27 guns, Besigye told the meeting, “It is not always about the guns.”

Col Besigye further told the jurists in Durban that often he is confronted with concerns on whether or not once he assumes office will not become like President Museveni; who at the start outline a good plan for the country but almost immediately diverted from it.

He noted, “All this I think cannot be guaranteed unless the citizens themselves have regained their confidence, are less fearful of authority and re-assume their position as masters so that leaders become servants”

Dr Besigye says this will take a “pitched struggle” to attain, which struggle can take different forms and means.

“But for us we chose none violent means.”

“In 1980 we used violence and we have seen the outcome of that,” added Besigye

“Violence destroys and weakens all the civic competences, families are dismantled, and people are displaced. You end the war when all non state institutions are weak, only the victor military is organized and strong.”


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