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No one will shove me off the struggle against dictatorship, says Besigye

Former FDC party President Dr. Kizza Besigye said he will not stop standing for the presidency unless otherwise. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Opposition lynchpin Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has said no one will shove him off the struggle against bad leadership in the country.

Dr Besigye, who has lost four times against President Museveni, said he will only stop fighting when the country has been liberated.

“What I can tell you is that I will not go down unless I am down by all means. I will fight until, so that at least once we are gone wherever we are going, things are better for the people left behind,’’ he said.

“Mr Museveni may refuse that there is age limit but it is there. The Bible says our years are 70 and if we are lucky, 80. Beyond that, it is pain and suffering; whether you like it or not. I will be 63 in April so I have seven years, whether I like it or not,” he added.

Dr Besigye was addressing Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) students from 10 universities of southwestern Uganda at Capricon Restaurant in Bushenyi town on Saturday.

Of recent, there have been calls by some sections of the Opposition, including DP president Norbert Mao that Dr Besigye should give away to other leaders such as Bobi Wine to take on Museveni. Recently, a group of youth subscribing to the People Power pressure group attacked Dr Besigye as he left CBS radio studios in Mengo, Kampala.

But at the weekend, Dr Besigye urged members of the opposition to unite and fight against President Museveni whom he described as the common enemy.

‘’I like my party FDC for which I am a founding president but the struggle now is not about FDC, DP, UPC no. The division is that all of us are in a prison and so the division is the prisoners and the prison authorities that is the divide, the captives and the captors. So the thing is the struggle for power is a struggle for our survival and either we get the power and survive or we do not get the power and perish and as I have said the struggle for power is not the struggle for leadership,’’ said Dr. Besigye

He urged university students to organize themselves and get ready to oppose the regime without fronting their political parties since they are used by the government to create divisions amongst the members of opposition.

‘’People who struggle must be organized and that is why I am very happy that this is the beginning of it. Get back to your colleges, organize students to fight for real power. Organize them, not so much you have to even dwell on we are FDC, DP or what because again some of them are used as part of divide and rule just organize those who are in prison to break out from the prison and defy those who are imprisoning us,’’ said Dr. Besigye.

FDC president Patrick Amuriat Oboi said hopes of FDC taking over from President Museveni is in hands of the youth.

“The hope of the people of Uganda is in your hands so do not let the people of Uganda down. The hope of the FDC is in you, young people of the FDC. FDC is the only man standing in the opposition’’ said Mr Amuriat

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