Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential aspirant, Dr. Kizza Besigye, has apologised to the people of Ankole over failure to remove President Museveni from power in the last three elections.
Addressing hundreds of supporters at Kabwohe Grounds in Sheema district and Kizinda in Ishaka, Bushenyi municipality on Monday, Besigye said he regrets not liberating Ugandans from the corrupt regime of President Museveni but said with their support, he will be able to capture power come 2016.
The Forum for Democratic Party flag-bearer aspirant reminded the crowd of how he has suffered at the hands of the NRM government, facing several arrests and detentions over tramped-up charges of treason, rape and political persecution while trying to ‘liberate’ them.
He pleaded with voters to “reward” his efforts by voting him as their party flag-bearer to be able to over throw the current regime.
He called on his supporters not to lose hope in his candidature because he failed to win elections for the last three rounds.
He blames his loss on rigging by the ruling NRM party.
In that regard, he said voting those who have served with President Museveni in the same government, would not change the status quo.
Besigye reminded residents that Museveni had resorted to running the country like his personal property and is now using police which is supposed to protect, to harass people.
He reminded them that as electorates, they employ Museveni and pay him to serve them not the other way round.
Attacking the president for failing the country, Besigye cited corruption, unemployment, poverty and human rights abuses as the main reasons why the “country needs change”.
FDC youth leader, Moses Byamugyisha, says “a bag-full of money (fuel) was contributed by FDC supporters at Kizinda rally in Ishaka, Bushenyi. Supporters kept telling Dr Team: Kizza Besigye,’This is no longer just about you, its about all of us. So have this fuel, proceed with the good work.”
Besigye has stood three times against Museveni and lost.
However, former coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, claims Besigye actually won the 2006 elections but was rigged out.
Besigye has also been to court over election rigging but to no avail.