Forum for Democratic Change candidate, Kizza Besigye, says President Yoweri Museveni has been employing divide and rule to keep himself in power.
“Museveni has also maintained grip on power through divide and rule of the tribes,” Besigye said at a rally in Bundibugyo on Wednesday.
“While you fight, oil money is partitioned,” he continued.
Besigye said his campaign is about winning back power to the people, not through the power of the gun but the ballot.
At the same rally where he received contributions from those present, Besigye said Museveni also ensures that the people don’t have the power over their money.
“Instead, he resorts to tokenism.”
“Museveni is a dictator. Like all dictators, he uses fear and intimidation to remain in power.”
Besigye said for example everywhere that he goes, he finds police has sealed off the hospitals.
“Why is this so? All hospitals sealed off by police are those Museveni doesn’t want me to see. I’m willing to help because I am a doctor.”
When Besigye visited Abim hospital and exposed its rottenness, nurses were threatened with dismissal.
Last week, police hurried to lock down Kabale referral hospital and block Amama Mbabazi from visiting its sick premises.
According to Besigye, not much has changed 30 years since NRM government took power.
“Today, we don’t have hospitals, we have mortuaries.”
He said Abim, for example, a referral hospital has been without a doctor for over a year.
Besigye said the current government rigged its way into power.
Earlier, the FDC candidate visited Ntoroko district accompanied by part president, Mugisha Muntu.
His team accused the Ntoroko district police commander, SP Otim Bosco Oloro, of leading crime preventers to deface Besigye’s posters.
SP Otim was transferred by police chief Kale Kayihura from Kisoro in October.
Otim was allegedly seen removing Besigye’s posters and replacing them with those of President Museveni.
He is also accused of leading an assault on an FDC campaign track driver who had gone to spend a night in Ntoroko ahead of yesterday’s rally.