FDC politician, Kizza Besigye, says the ruling party, NRM, is operating on his manifesto.
Besigye was speaking in Fort Portal last week where he told press that NRM was actually driving on his strategies and beliefs to run the country.
“We have had strong manifestos which the NRM is driving on,” Besigye, a three time contestant against NRM chairman and President Yoweri Museveni, revealed.
He cited the Shs 25,000 given to the elders saying it was in his manifesto.
“The students Loan Scheme, Graduated tax and many other programs were in our manifesto.”
He cynically put: “But even when they implement these ideas, they do it badly because they are not committed to these programs.”
He said the NRM uses propaganda that it has structures in every village.
“In Tepeth- Karamoja which is one of the most remote area in the country, Museveni got zero in a number of polling stations. How did he get zero where he claims that he has 30 people at every village level?” he wondered.
“We have had grassroots elections in 2009 where we had l also competed in my village in Rukungiri. It’s not true that NRM is at the grassroots and FDC is up there. We have structures but are weakened by the intimidation from GISO, Police, RDC who even refuse our people to access NAADS and government service.”
However, president Museveni has was once quoted speaking on Capital Gang that NRM has built strong structures to enable it defeat opponents.
NRM deputy spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, and Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba, have all appeared in news saying NRM is the strongest party in the country.
They have on different avenues showed how the ruling party remains the richest and most popular party with the biggest number of followers.
Even Amama Mbabazi before being sacked as Prime Minister went on record saying NRM had built a strong foundation that will keep it in power for 50 years to come.
This was complemented by Opondo who said opposition can only capture power from NRM perhaps in 2070.
Besigye making U-turn?
Besigye was tasked to explain whether he was making a U- Turn after saying he would not take part in an unfair election and having returned to contest after backing out of FDC leadership.
“My candidature is about working for reforms which is a commitment of our party,” he explained, then added, “Am in this election because some of our leaders are not resolute as we expected them.”
He said the question of Free and Fair Elections is now a matter of life and death.
“We have not had free election in the 53 years of our Independence. Every president is bombed out of office.”
Besigye said his struggle is a liberation struggle arguing that what people would call a U-turn is if he joined the NRM.
“The people know what they want. We have seen MPs being bought for Shs 5m to change the constitution. Recently we saw MPs being given Shs 110m. We have seen priests given hand outs and they say things which are a disgrace to the colour.”
He said the people of this country are Supreme.
“So if they want reforms who is that person that can deny them these reforms? We shall rally the masses to demand what they want.”