We Won’t Go to Museveni for Dialogue; He’ll Come to Us – Besigye

Dr Kizza Besigye say President Yoweri Museveni must initiate the national dialogue

Following what has been widely deemed an unprecedented ‘change of heart’ by Col Dr Kizza Besigye and the opposition FDC, viagra buy to now call for talks with President Yoweri Museveni, this web the four-time presidential candidate has come out clarify that he is “not demanding a meeting with the President.”

Besigye said yesterday that he and his party (FDC) are not desperate to hold a dialogue with President Yoweri Museveni and that they will not go to him, but rather the President will come to them.

Besigye through a press conference this week resurrected the call for a dialogue between President Museveni, who has been at helm of the country since 1986, and the opposition side as well as other key stakeholders.

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The dialogue, Besigye says, should be on how to effect a peaceful transition of power from the 3 decade reign of the NRM.

The discussion he says will focus on “getting rid of the Museveni dictatorship, and handing back power to the people of Uganda.”

While appearing Thursday on NBS Frontline show, Besigye said dialogue will not be initiated by him or FDC but by President Yoweri Museveni.

This he said they will ensure by keeping pressure on the regime through for instance their defiance campaign.

“We are not demanding dialogue ourselves; dialogue will only take place when the dictator realizes that the only way to go forward is to negotiate a transition. Dialogue must be the initiative of the dictator, not ourselves. Our role is to struggle,” he said.

Dr Besigye was responding on the TV show, to questions raised by the ruling NRM Party Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, who wanted to know whether or not Besigye’s proposed dialogue was to be held within or outside the law.

Lumumba queried whether Besigye wanted the dialogue to be held under the auspices of the National Consultative Forum (which is provided for under the Political Parties Act); the IPOD which unites all parties represented in Parliament, or The Summit which brings together heads of the various political parties represented in Parliament.

In response to this, Besigye said the Dialogue would not be hinged on neither of the existing laws, stressing that “politics determines the law; the law doesn’t determine politics.”

He expounded, “When Museveni captured power in 1986, the law changed. What he was doing was totally unconstitutional, illegal and criminal. When he took power it became legal and the constitution was changed. If there is need for dialogue, the law will accommodate dialogue.”

Speaking on Besigye’s push for talks with Museveni, government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo observed that the FDC strongman was only “posturing.”

“Besigye is pushing vigorously for a debate on regime change as though Uganda belongs to him as a person,” Opondo remarked.

“Uganda belongs to all of us. We must challenge this arrogance of people posing as if they are the only ones that know what Uganda needs.”

He added, “Besigye says that the national dialogue must focus of ridding the dictatorship, but it is clear that a good majority of Ugandans might not share his view that what Uganda needs at this time is regime change. Some people might feel that the national dialogue should focus on land wrangles or women’s rights in the country.”


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