MAYUGE – Opposition lynchpin Kizza Besigye has said that his fight with President Museveni is not to take over the presidency but to return power to the people.
Speaking during the party’s grass root mobilization campaign in Kaluba Village, Busakira Sub-county in Mayuge District on Sunday, Dr. Besigye noted that one cannot have peace without justice and asked residents to join him in the struggle to liberate the country.
“The struggle we are driving is not to remove President Museveni and have Besigye in State House, but to see that power goes back to the people and once it is done, Ugandans will choose their favourite leader,” he said.
Dr. Besigye was last week attacked by a violent group of youths as he was being hosted on a local radio station. The youths, allegedly led by one James Mubiru, reportedly surrounded the former presidential candidate’s car while chanting: “We want Bobi, not Besigye!”
But speaking at the Mayuge function, the FDC party president, Mr. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, warned Opposition politicians against attacking them, saying “any attack on our leader means an attack on the entire party, which we shall not tolerate.”
Mr. Amuriat said the party sat on Friday last week and resolved to come up with a Red Book in which they will record names of people who are committing atrocities against them.
FDC members were, however, stunned when Mr. David Zzija, the Malongo Sub-county District Councillor, (NRM) stormed the meeting and rapped President Museveni for not developing the area.
“We are all crying, be it NRM or FDC. Look at the Iganga-Bwondha road. It is in a bad state yet it is what takes the President to his State Lodge in Kityelera,” Mr. Zzijja remarked to ululations and money from residents.
Mr. Zzija further blamed the NRM government for ‘looking on’ as soldiers ‘harass and torture’ fishermen on Lake Victoria.