FDC strongman, Dr. Kizza Besigye, has implored all aspiring candidates and FDC party delegates in Entebbe to boycott the 2016 elections unless government introduces electoral reforms as demanded by opposition political parties and civil society organisations.
Addressing a campaign rally at Kiwafu grounds in Entebbe yesterday afternoon, Besigye said although he is vying for election as FDC flag bearer, he will not participate in the 2016 polls if government doesn’t adopt the proposed reforms in the citizen’s compact.
Key of the proposed reforms in the citizen’s compact include a total overhaul of the Electoral Commission, reinstatement of presidential term limits and establishment of an Independent Electoral Commission.
Government continues to play hide and seek as regards electoral reforms.
At the same rally, Besigye asked Police to stop harassing opposition politicians because they fighting for their rights too as Uganda.
According to URN, Besigye said that were it not for the police’s collusion, President Yoweri Museveni would not be able to rig the elections.
Dr Besigye says this is why he is urging for reforms in the electoral law before he can go to the polls.
He says that in the previous elections both court and observers said the process had not been free and fair.
Dr Besigye noted that people who were accusing him of deserting the Movement when he left have also started to see that President Museveni “is bad”.
He said the rigging of elections cost 500,000 skulls of people in Luweero.
“Mr. Museveni went to the bush when actually the stolen election belonged to Democratic Party. He had no evidence to take to court,” Besigye revealed.
“When we were looking for votes for Museveni in 1980, people were asking where does he stay? What does he have? He had nothing.”
The retired Colonel said whatever Museveni has now is the sweat of the labour of ordinary Ugandans.
“Today for one to get money, one must kneel before the dictator.”
He said the business of asking people to make SACCOs was putting the population on the drip.
“Have you ever seen any president in the world moving with sacks of money?” he queried.
“We must change our mindset that you can define the destiny of your country. If you don’t fear, they fear you. Am a person with blood like yours. I don’t fear them that is why you see a battalion at my home.”
Besigye observed insisted that people power works when “you are many and united. If we all decided to move and ask police to leave, they would leave”.
Secondly, he suggested, “we must organise so that whatever we want to do, all those who share our thinking get the information”.
“Everyone must have 10 people in their line to share the information with.
Am in this election not for positions but for change.”
He added: “Every Ugandan President is bombed out of office. Possibly it’s what this one is waiting for.”
He said while they are in the field with “Team Blue Vs Yellow”, the referee is the captain of yellow, “he has the cards, when you dodge, he shows you a yellow card. The other match officials are from the yellow team.
We Blue will do is to stop the match until a neutral referee is identified”.
The former FDC president and three-time presidential candidate said Ugandans “even in western where the president comes from) were tired of Museveni.
The opposition icon will today head to Kasana – Luweero, address delegates from Luweero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola and hold the third day of rallies.