KAMPALA – Four-time presidential candidate Dr Kiiza Besigye has said the country will soon know whether he will contest again in the 2021 General Election.
Dr Besigye has kept his FDC party guessing on whether he will contest again after admitting to his confidants that next year’s election is a futility given that aspirants will not be allowed to contest.
But on Monday, the opposition lynchpin said he is not about to leave the struggle.
Asked whether he will be on the ballot paper, Dr Besigye said: “You will know very soon. I belong to FDC. I am not going to be an independent candidate. How can I leave the struggle halfway? I have already spent the most youthful years of my life trying to have a free country where there is the rule of law, have equal opportunities with all Ugandans.”
Nevertheless, Dr Besigye warned that ballot is not the way of dethroning the current government.
“If my participation shifts people from the real problem, then it is counterproductive. People need to understand that the ballot is not the struggle. This is only useful for people who have the power to decide,” he said.
“I am fighting this mindset of people thinking the issue right now is me standing for office. The issue is how we get out of captivity and not focus on whether I will stand for office,” he added.
Dr Besigye revealed that the government in power wants to create a situation that there is a democracy in the country when actually it is not.
“Those who cause pain would like to focus our country on the situation as if we have a democracy. What happens in elections is contesting for office bearers, that is the impression they want to create. But that is not the case. The people who have caused so much pain, dominated, sucked, and plundered our country will use every means to divert people from the right thing they should do to get rid of them. It seems our people are gullible,” he added.