Defiant FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, has told the electoral commission chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu, not to forget that he [Kiggundu] is his [Besigye’s] servant.
Speaking at a Uganda Human Rights Commission public dialogue held in Kampala, Kiggundu is quoted by Daily Monitor saying he will authorise the deployment of the military to counter Besigye’s defiance campaign.
“If the military is called to come in, I will approve,” Kiggundu said Thursday clarifying that he had warned Besigye several times.
UPDF spokesman, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, recently said the army would deal with anyone who incites the public to violence.
This came after Besigye told press in Kyegegwa that the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, apologises to him for suggesting that his Power 10 electoral strategy was a plot to raise a militia ahead of the February 2016 elections.
“Power 10 means the citizenry who have decided to say that we want to liberate our power from the captors who wield guns; now what do you do to such people?” Besigye said.
[Pictures of Besigye entering Fort Portal town today]
Kiggundu says Besigye is inciting Ugandans to be violent when his family is enjoying burgers in foreign countries.
“If I were a young person, I would ask [Dr Besigye] where your son is in this campaign. In most times, they are in New York, London and elsewhere enjoying cheese burgers…” he is quoted by Monitor as saying.
In his response to the claim, FDC spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, said: “Did Museveni go with his family to the bush? For him to think that a revolution must happen when Anselm Besigye [Besigye’s son] is here… I do not understand why he [Dr Kiggundu] went to school.”
Besigye fires back
“Kiggundu is my servant. I will not allow him to intimidate me,” Besigye lashed out on being asked to respond to the Engineer’s words.
Besigye said everything he is doing is within the mandate of the law.
According to him, only a campaign of defiance and not compliance will enable citizens take back their power from Museveni’s dictatorship.
“If I have broken the lawyer, let him [Kiggundu] go to court and we will respond,” Besigye charged saying threats were unnecessary.
Tooro heroic entry
On Thursday, Besigye continued his campaign tour of Tooro region.
He addressed rallies at Kasenda, Rwaihamba, Kateebwa and Kijura.
He was received with a red carpet on his grand entry into Fort Portal town where he had a mainly rally.
Batooro gave Dr Besigye a nice white rabbit as a gift in appreciation for fighting for their rights.
“Thank you Kabarole for welcoming and hosting us! Liberation of our country is in our hands,” Besigye said in a tweet.