Besigye: I’ve powerful allies in western countries  


Besigye entering Fort Portal town

FDC presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, says he has the support of western countries to take power from President Yoweri Museveni in 2016.

Besigye made the remarks yesterday while campaigning in Fort Portal town.

The FDC candidate was recorded by NTV affirming having received foreign backing but did not mention the countries which have partnered with him.

“Even outsiders see change is coming in Uganda,” Besigye said, speaking in a mixture of Runyankole and Rutooro [languages].

“They [western partners] are talking to us to get new allies.”

He said even the people of Tooro who have been overwhelmingly voting Museveni have now realised that he is not taking them anywhere.

In 2011 elections, Museveni picked 89 percent against Besigye’s 35 percent of the votes in Tooro region.

“Tooro people were saying Museveni will work but now, they have realised that he will not take the country anywhere,” Besigye said.

Having got 17,000 votes in the 2011 election, Besigye asked Kabarole to this time round vote for him overwhelmingly.

Besigye also said while Kasese district opposes Museveni and votes opposition, it has benefited from government services yet Tooro that votes him is still lagging behind in development.

He said for example, the Kasunga Nyanja, one of the areas that hosted a medical facility during the 1980-86 bush war still has poor facilities yet it facilitated Museveni’s war.

“I was a director of medical services at Kasunga Nyanja during the bush war,” he said.

“It should have been a big hospital.”

Besigye has pledged that if he is elected president, he will ensure that a modern hospital is constructed there.

“It will get the recognition.”

Besigye said having been told that the election he is organising is not free and fair, Museveni should have left power already.

“Whatever he [Museveni] is saying now, he is dreaming.”

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