Election 2016

Kizza Besigye Declares Start of Defiance Campaign

Police restraining Besigye's supporters from accessing Namboole on Wednesday (Photo: michael Nteza/CR)

Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) under the leadership Hon. Jimmy Michael Akena is preparing legal action against overthrown party president Dr Olara Otunnu, viagra dosage http://centroilponte.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/lib/date/date-time-zone.php who continues to claim the same position despite a clear court restriction.

Otunnu, about it a top figure in the opposition alliance [TDA] yesterday addressed Candidate Amama Mbabazi’s inaugural rally at Nakivubo stadium in Kampala, as the UPC President.

In his speech, Otunnu noted that UPC was represented in the alliance and prepared to offer all the support to the alliance’s choice Amama Mbabazi in the 2016 general elections.

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This now is being termed as an insult to the party and disrespect of last week’s High Court ruling by Justice Yasin Nyanzi, which declared Hon Akena as the duly elected party President.

“The ruling recognized Akena as the official UPC party president and we expected no other person out there to parade themselves claiming the same office; it is very unfortunate that people who claim to be educated are continuing acting in such a manner,” observed the party National Chairman Lawrence Okae at a press conference at Uganda House on Wednesday.

“All relevant legal proceedings ought to be taken against such members; we shall do anything possible to bring Otunnu and his group to book so that they can respect and recognize the leadership of Jimmy Akena,” Okae added.

The party Secretary General, Edward Sseganyi noted, “You know we are currently in the campaign season and some people are positioning themselves for different selfish gains. Otunnu wants to prove that he is of substance to the [Amama] camp and yet he is nothing at all,” Sseganyi claimed.

“We shall first employ peaceful means of engaging him in talks but if he fails, we shall be forced to head to court so as to protect the image of our party.”

FDC ironman Dr Kizza Besigye has announced the beginning of what he described as a “defiance campaign” against the government of President Museveni with the view of “liberating our power back to the people.”

Renowned for leading a series of violent protests in different parts of the country in the last ten years, view http://chagoscantina.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/markdown.php Besigye’s remarks after his nomination as a presidential candidate at Namboole by the Electoral Commission herald the start of possible violence in the country.

“It is not an ordinary campaign of a candidate asking for power from the people, medical http://compspoultry.com.au/wp-includes/locale.php ” Besigye emphasised in an authoritative tone, http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/random_compat/random_bytes_libsodium_legacy.php adding, “people have no power, what can they give?”

He then put his point, succinctly: “It is a campaign of us together with the people seeking our power back.”

A controversial figure in the Uganda opposition politics, Besigye broke ranks with the ruling government which he helped capture power in 1986 after a military struggle, in 1999.

He would later question the ability of president Museveni’s government to live by the core principles that took the NRA to the bush, saying the movement had deviated from the objectives of its foundation.

President Museveni has since dismissed Besigye’s accusations, saying he did not spend enough time with NRA to appreciate its ideology.

Earlier today, Besigye first refused to abide by directives of traffic police to use a specific route to Namboole only to be overwhelmed my security forces.

ChimpReports understands that military police have been deployed at Kireka where Besigye will be subdued should he reject orders from police.

“This is why I have said without any shed of doubt, that this is a campaign of defiance not of compliance. We cannot have a compliant campaign complying with a dictatorship. It’s going to be a campaign of defiance so that we liberate our power,” said Besigye in a press briefing at Namboole today.

“This campaign is about seeing that power goes back to the people and institutions become institutions of the people of Uganda and serve people of Uganda,” charged Besigye.

“That’s what this campaign is about – first and foremost– the liberation of our country, the taking back of our power from the few people who monopolise it using instruments of terror.”

Besigye addressing supporters on his way to Namboole

Besigye addressing supporters on his way to Namboole

He said his campaign will move in three phases.

“The first phase is liberation – once power has been liberated, the next phase is reconfiguration of the state so that we now have institutions of the people,” said Besigye.

The trained medical doctor-turned politician said Uganda has a police force “which is not a police force of the people but a force which people run away from.”

Besigye said people should run to the police not the other way round.

He further revealed that the second phase will entail reconstruction of the state and later “transformation of our country so that citizens can live in a country in which they are proud to be.”


Besigye said he intends to ensure Ugandans have “equal opportunities and share equally in the wealth and opportunities we have in the country not few people as it is today.”

He maintained that he is driven by the desire to have a “broad-based development not development for a handful of people.”

“You hear the regime saying growth by 6 percent, but growth by who? Of those who are begging? It’s by a handful of people. We must have broad based economic development that benefits all,” he added.

Besigye said FDC will “banish humiliating poverty of our people and universal unemployment that we have today,” adding, the youth “wake and wander along the roads hopelessly. This is going to be the final success of the people’s struggle.”

Besigye being welcomed by EC PRO Jotham Taremwa to the EC headquarters

Besigye being welcomed by EC PRO Jotham Taremwa to the EC headquarters

Besigye did not spare the Electoral Commission, describing it as a walking stick of President Museveni and his government.

“I want you understand that I have absolutely nothing against the fine ladies and gentlemen that occupy the offices of Electoral Commission,” said Besigye.

“But we have a problem with the institution of EC as it now. We would like to have an independent EC. Independent not in name but in every respect that can fairly manage electoral processes in this country,” said Besigye.

However, EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa said the institution has developed enough capacity to deliver a free and fair election.

“Our determination to conduct free and fair elections remains unshakeable. We have the capacity needed in terms of human resource and equipment to ensure the success of this exercise,” said Taremwa.

Clad in a blue tie, black suit and white shirt, Dr. Besigye arrived at Namboole stadium at 11:10am, accompanied by a mammoth crowd of his supporters.

Gen Muntu gives opening remarks ahead ahead of Besigye's press briefing

Gen Muntu gives opening remarks ahead ahead of Besigye’s press briefing

FDC’s top officials who escorted the aspirant included the party President, Mugisha Muntu, Nabilah Naggayi, Ssemujju Nganda, Salamu Musumba, Wafula Oguttu, Ambassador Birigwa, Nandala Mafabi, Cecilia Ogwal among others.

DP’s Erias Lukwago, Allan Ssewanyana were also part of the entourage.

Besigye is expected to address his supporters at Nakivubo stadium where he’ll expound on his manifesto.

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