FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, in his message welcoming Pope Francis to Uganda, asked the Nuncio to tell President Yoweri Museveni to leave power.
“First I would like to express happiness and excitement at the visit of Pope Francis in Uganda at this time,” Besigye said, addressing press at his home in Kasangati on Thursday.
“He has always exhibited passion in matters of dealing with conflict and he is visiting Uganda at a critical time.”
Besigye said he hopes that the Pope will use this visit to pray for this country and engage rulers with the need to have justice.
“We are in electoral period and the visit is a God sent opportunity for our country to focus on what he is passionate about which is Justice, Peace and not propagating disharmony.”
“I hope to be part of the congregation in Namungogo where he will be deliver his sermon.”
Dr. Besigye informed the Pope that indeed Ugandans are suffering and implored the Holy Fathere to tell the leaders that Ugandans wishes to live better lives, to have change.
Besigye asked the Pope to pray to God askes pope to pray to God so Museveni leaves power peacefully.
The FDC strongman said the Pope has always advanced causes of peace and dialogue asking him to do the same with his host who has ruled Uganda for 30 years.
“I hope he will use this visit to pray for our country but also to directly engage with the rulers of this country about the need to have justice.”
Besigye said those who claim that there is peace will be missing the point.
“I hope the Pope will be reminded that in this country, leaders never peacefully hand over power.”
Besigye ready to defeat Museveni
Speaking at a rally in Buikwe yesterday, Besigye said NRM survived for long because we were poorly organised.
“We will defeat NRM because Ugandans are determined to see the struggle through.”
Besigye said he returned to compete in the 2016 election to fight for liberation through the ballot.
“NRM survived on theft and deceit.”
“I ask you to organise and we get Museveni out of power. This is a nonpartisan liberation struggle.”
Besigye told the residents that Museveni is their servant; “why do you kneel before him? I ask to be your servant.”
“They [NRM government] worked hard to capture power. We have to work so hard to regain the power, especially the youth.”
Besigye said it is easy to remove Museveni but remain stuck in an exploitative system.