Besigye is a committed rebel, writes Opondo

NRM deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo at a press conference at the Media Centre in Kampala recently

NRM deputy spokesperson Ofwono Opondo at a press conference at the Media Centre in Kampala recently

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, describes Uganda opposition leader Kizza Besigye as “a committed rebel” and a “permanent fixture” in Uganda’s politics.

In his article titled “Where is FDC policy agenda for “Uganda’s Leap Forward,”?” published by Uganda Media Centre, Opondo says with the surrender of FDC president Mugisha Muntu to the Kizza Besigye crusade, it is fair to wonder what the Forum for Democratic (FDC) still stands for especially against the backdrop of the “Policy Agenda for Uganda’s Leap Forward,” that Muntu launched in March, 2015.

“In that role, Besigye has unsuccessfully been trying to sow fear and despair rather than hard work and hope among the unsuspecting public in the futile hope he could get elected as president of Uganda,” he writes.

Opondo argues that while Besigye continues to advocate for building institutions, political parties inclusive in which there is regular change of leadership, he should also think about leaving the political arena for others.

“But, what does that say of a man who espouses the need to create change in leadership, then doesn’t want to leave the stage or perhaps bidding time for his wife to replace him! Besigye and the rise of anarchy could be the price we are paying for living in a democracy.”

“FDC has always claimed the moral high ground of Uganda’s recent politics although that should be laughable, now that it is a refuge for sowing hate. With Besigye, FDC is running towards a wall or indeed the wall is getting nearer to it now.”

The Media Centre boss says while President Yoweri Museveni rebuilt the state and started getting positive returns, Besigye continued smearing the NRM government and pretending to care about the poor, the vulnerable and underdogs.

“If NRM looks like it’s having a tough time, FDC’s troubles is even more tectonic because, it is not one party, rather, it is at least two irreconcilable factions running confused.  The NRM is already burying its divisions over elections to ensure stable and effective government, with eyes firmly on the next general election.”

Opondo describes FDC as being in “a free fall with arguments over the legality of elections past while Muntu [supposedly its real elected leader] has been swatted away like a fly”.

He revealed that Besigye has since clipped Muntu’s wings as he seeks to ensure there is no challenge in 2021, with prospects he will be returned to the leadership, with a free hand to de-select those ‘rebels’ who may want to cause him headache.

Opondo insisted there is little prospect of FDC shaping the debate around Uganda’s economic and political future or impact in the region or continent, and in so doing, FDC is failing those who oppose NRM.

“Besigye doesn’t present an alternative and if he continues in leadership, the opposition will lose its ideal brand name and many may conclude that the patient is ready for the mortuary.”

He adds: “For his inner-circle, the priority is not policies but spreading paranoia, not challenging the government but to frame whoever disagrees with their febrile line as conspiracy wreckers inside their party.”

Opondo describes Besigye as “a schoolboy who suddenly discovers an interest in tidying his room rather than doing his homework”.

“He is probably supposed to be holding NRM government to account over the economy, education, health services, housing, tax avoidance, and possibly even electoral fraud. He is supposed to be making a convincing case to voters for a calm environment as tool to attract especially foreign investments in order to create jobs, but he has dismally failed.”

The government mouthpiece further paints Besigye’s “anarchy as a scam and thuggish, and the victims will be the poor, who he claims to represent”.

“I suggest to Besigye that what voters really want, more than anything is clear, coherent policies on issues that really matter and the veneer of competence and civility. That would be a new kind of politics, although the black shark is still out.”

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