Opposition strongman Dr Kizza Besigye’s appeal to the elite to participate in defiance activities against the government of President Museveni have collapsed, a senior government official said Thursday.
Besigye recently urged the elite to use public transport means to their workplaces every Tuesday and also wear red bandanas as symbols of resistance.
“Citizens should identify with the symbol of red that has emerged…I wasn’t part of it but I think it’s a meaningful symbol that symbolises the blood that this country has [shed],” Besigye said.
However, the elite, whom Besigye believes remain aloof in the quest to challenge Museveni’s hold onto power, did not respond to his calls.
“The elites, and indeed majority of Ugandans have shunned opposition call for violence, civil disobedience and other unlawful activities, the reason the whole country is calm,” said government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo.
He further said the “disruptive behavior of opposition MPs last week in parliament exposed their true colours as people unreasonably bent on violence and disruption if given chance.”
Several opposition leaders were arrested on Tuesday as they used taxis as a means of transport to work.
But business across the country was not disrupted.
Opondo said the “public will continue to ignore them while government mobilised the population.”
“The disruptions being organized by the opposition led by Besigye and funded by Action Aid among other CSOs will fail miserably.”