Besigye Strips M7 Naked Before IPU Delegates
Col. Kizza Besigye has told a group of Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) members that the government of President Yoweri Museveni is relentlessly abusing human rights and trampling on opposition political parties’ freedoms.
Besigye made the remarks during a meeting with the delegates Monday at Grand Imperial Hotel, Kampala.
He said Museveni is determined to consolidate his hold on power by the power of the gun and through bloodshed.
The opposition chief angrily noted that Uganda can no longer hold a free and fair Presidential election because of the “sophisticated rigging machinery of the ruling NRM party.”
He said unless stopped, Museveni’s dictatorship could plunge the country into chaos “because Ugandans are sick and tired of this regime.”
The FDC president was flanked by party bigwigs Ingrid Turinawe, Wafula Oguttu, Winfred Kiiza, MP Nabillah Naggayi, Jack Sabiiti and Alice Alaso among others.
The IPU delegates included the speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament and legislators Sanni Kulkki (Finland), Tonis Koiv (Estonia) and Einark Gudfinnson (Iceland).
Shortly before handing over copies of a booklet titled “Africa’s Democratic Dispute: Uganda Case,” Besigye dwelled on the militarization of Uganda’s politics.
He highlighted how police and other security forces were brutally treating Ugandans during political demonstrations.
Besigye noted that the state has frustrated the opposition’s attempts to hold peaceful political gatherings aimed at addressing issues that affect Ugandans.
He also accused Museveni of raiding the Central Bank where he allegedly withdrew Shs2trillion to fund his 2011 campaigns.
In a related development, IPC Coordinator Kalinge Nyango has revealed that FDC youth league member Francis Mwijukye and Col. Besigye's driver Fred Kato are still in detention at Kiira Road Police Station and Kampala Central Police Station respectively.
“They have not been produced in court 48 hours after their arrest on Saturday,” Kalinge noted.
Meanwhile, Activists for Change (A4C) pressure group is set to organize a huge demonstration on Tuesday at Kololo Airstrip to protest the allegedly continued smashing of political assemblies by security forces.
The function will be held under the theme “Brutality Of Uganda Police Under 26 Years Of Museveni.”
The activists have promised to exhibit art and still pictures, videos and testimonies of victims of what they have termed as police brutality.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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