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Museveni: I Am Willing to Meet Besigye

Museveni shaking hands with Besigye at Namugongo on Saturday (Credit: Daily Monitor)

President Museveni has spoken out on shaking hands with long-time challenger, story http://dailyniropekkha.com/wp-content/plugins/youtube-channel-gallery/templates/admin_tabs.php Dr Kizza Besigye, dosage http://cuencahighlife.com/wp-admin/includes/class-bulk-upgrader-skin.php saying he is willing to meet him.

The two fierce political rivals met at Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine at Namugongo on Saturday during the mass led by Pope Francis.

The historic handshake drew excitement among thousands of Christians at the shrines.

Asked how he felt on exchanging pleasantries with the FDC strongman, Museveni told NBS on Sunday morning: “I have no problem meeting Besigye or anybody. I am for Uganda and Africa.”

Besigye was Museveni’s close ally, confidant and physician during the NRA bush war that brought the current government into power in 1986.

The two parted ways around 1999 with Besigye accusing Museveni of departing from the fundamental causes of the guerrilla war.

Besigye would later start a political challenge that threatened Museveni’s hold onto power.

Since then, the two are seen as enemies. Efforts by prominent Ugandans to bring the duo on table for talks are yet to bear fruit.

But the handshake is now being seen as a starting point for a possible dialogue between Besigye and Museveni.

Museveni today said he has a private life but in public, “I serve everybody.”

Photos of the handshake have since gone viral on social media, with NRM members saying the gesture implied the President is a leader for all.

However, opposition supporters said the handshake symbolised an impending shift of power from the hands of Museveni to Besigye’s as the country prepares for the 2016 presidential election.

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