FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, has challenged President Yoweri Museveni to face him in a live presidential TV debate if he dares.
Besigye drew the battle line while addressing a rally in Busia district on Friday.
Besigye said Museveni and other candidates including Amama Mbabazi, Maj Benon Biraaro, Muareen Kyalya, Elton Mabirizi, and Prof Venansius Baryamureeba can all take part in the presidential debate.
He said this was what other countries which have had a taste of democracy do for their presidential candidates.
“I want to challenge Museveni for a live debate. I am ready to debate with him [Museveni],” Besigye boldly told voters.
“He should come and we debate with others,” Besigye repeated saying it was the only way of assuring the electorate what they [candidates] will do for them [voters].
“Instead of talking to people in Koboko, calling me a liar, he should come and we sit and debate.”
The last time we saw such a debate was mid-this year during the FDC flag bearer campaigns when Besigye and FDC president, Mugisha Muntu, had a live TV debate hosted by NTV Uganda.
Besigye’s challenge follows a series of criticisms by president Museveni who has made it a habit to mudsling his opponents at most of his rallies.
Addressing press yesterday at Arua State Lodge, Museveni described Besigye’s promise of paying primary school teachers Shs 650,000 and secondary teachers Shs 1 million as “irresponsible.”
Museveni said such a promise would mean increasing the wage bill at the expense of things like infrastructure which the president cited as priorities in his manifesto.
Museveni roads are death traps
Besigye on the other hand, says what Museveni boasts about as improved infrastructure is actually a couple of “rat ways” which he calls roads.
“I would advise Museveni to stop reading lists of roads constructed; they are as narrow as rat paths,” Besigye told residents at a rally in Butaleja district yesterday.
“Museveni’s narrow roads have killed more Ugandans than those who died in all the wars; they are death traps.”
“Museveni constructs death traps in the name of roads. You do not construct rat ways and then you go around the country reading a list of the newly constructed roads,” he emphatically stated.
Besigye said his government shall construct real roads not rat ways.
He also promised to ensure the “thieves bring back part of what they have stolen from you to bribe you so that they go back and steal more”.
He said for example the First Lady Janet Museveni is the Minister for those dying of hunger (in Karamoja).
“If there was a court for trying those who don’t govern well, Museveni would be in the dock.
Besigye asked Ugandans to assess people seeking to lead them.
“Old people don’t change their habits easily.”
He said for example if one has always been corrupt, they are not likely to change just because they are in a different party.
“Anyone that rigs a vote, can’t spare public funds.”
“You should therefore examine all of us the candidates before casting your vote.”
The proposed presidential live TV debate is one way through Ugandans can assess those who are asking them for votes seeking to lead them in 2016.