Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Dr.Kizza Besigye has said that he is in the struggle to oust President Yoweri Museveni not necessarily to be President of Uganda, but he is interested in a country where Ugandans live with dignity and their rights and freedoms respected.
The four time presidential candidate also added that he’s not scared of Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s influence on Uganda’s political scene.
He made the remarks while appearing on NTV’s political talk show ‘On The Spot’ where he discussed a wide range of topics.
Responding to a question on whether he is scared of Kyagulanyi, Besigye remarked; “Why should I be? This is just another diversionary discussion. I am not in this struggle to be President of Uganda; the struggle is about regaining influence, living in dignity and having freedom and rights.”
He added: “After people have regained their freedom and power, then they can choose who they want as their leader. They then will make the laws to govern them and choose how their country should be run because power will be theirs.”
Besigye described the talk on his being afraid of Bobi Wine’s influence as diversionary.
“There are many people that want to divide us based on age, tribes and regions. We don’t have to be diverted from the real problem. The real war should be between those being oppressed and the oppressors,” said Besigye.
He also used the same forum to attack those that have been criticizing him for influencing matters in FDC.
“Those who think that I influence decisions in FDC are those who want to justify what they are doing,” he said, emphasizing that 2019 is the year of action and those who don’t want to try to cause change, should stay in their homes but those interested in change of leadership in Uganda shall continue to try to cause to change and called on Ugandans to be ready and watch the space.
“We still have a challenge of people who see the problem but think tackling it affects their comfort zone but soon or later, they will also become uncomfortable and will finally join us in the struggle,” Besigye said.
When asked if he has plans of appearing on the ballot paper in the 2021 general elections, he replied; “We must build a struggle. Whether it eventually succeeds in an election or not is another matter but all I can say is that I will be in the struggle.”
He also spoke about Uganda’s economy following latest report by the Auditor General, John Muwanga where he warned of Uganda’s skyrocketing debt, arguing that Uganda’s economy should be growing at 10% and mocked Government for bragging about the 6% growth, blaming the low growth on the poor management of resources.
Besigye also concurred with Government’s decision to borrow funds to build infrastructure, which he said is good but the question should be asked whether the money borrowed translates to what the country gets in return.
He said: “When it comes to the Entebbe Highway, I think the cost was inflated and so someone must have stolen some money because if you compare the project and the cost incurred, they don’t really match. As a country, we must have our priorities right. We have to start with our people. They have been boasting of how they have improved immunisation levels.”