KAMPALA — Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former president Dr Kizza Besigye who is a four time presidential contender has indicated that he is not retiring from the struggle ahead of the contest for the upcoming 2021 polls.
Dr. Besigye was speaking at the 15 year-celebration of FDC party held at Namboole Stadium on Monday December 16.
Dr. Besigye a founding member of the FDC party that was conceived to counter President Museveni’s rule said he has to either effect the transition of power from Mr. Museveni or die fighting.
He said: “I will retire from the struggle when it is over or when I am over!”
“The FDC struggle has not yet ended, I know that what we are still struggling to know and understand it; we are looking for a country and first mission should be to re-capture the country and then once we reclaim the country and have power over it, then we can choose the right leaders,” he said urging political leaders not to fight for positions at this stage.
Dr. Besigye used to be Museveni personal doctor and he also served in different positions in government but he went on to become an opposition leader and now refers to Uganda’s leader as a “dictator”.
Mr. Besigye has run against his former boss in the presidential elections for four times and has ‘lost’ all of them— meaning that in 2021, he will be making a fifth attempt at ending Museveni’s reign.
He recently said those who are comparing him to Museveni are wrong— describing them as supporters who are bent to tarnishing his name.
He said that if he wanted to deal with Museveni, he would have accepted to be given one of the top positions in government, instead of receiving money from the statehouse in darkness, like what other political comments these days claim.