Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President, Kizza Besigye, has said opposition will not let Ugandans down, not again.
“We must strive not to let Ugandans down again. We have said No Elections without Reforms. Let’s make sure that happens,” Besigye said while launching The Democratic Alliance document at hotel Africana in Kampala on Wednesday.
Various opposition leaders at the event signed into action The Democratic Alliance document to operationalise a working relationship within the opposition that can make the defeat of President Yoweri Museveni a reality.
Through this alliance, the opposition will re-mobilise supporters and push for a transition government of national unity to rule for five years.
According to opposition, in that period, the constitution will be amended to allow electoral reforms that Museveni has adamantly ignored.
Speaking at the event, Besigye said creating a togetherness among politicians is a herculean task but that they were determined to push harder.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in this process. I am excited and glad we have come this far.”
He said the Democratic Alliance document in itself maybe a success but “I believe the true test will be in making practical what we have put on paper”.
He said all problems talked about are attributed to failure of leadership in the country.
“We have a leadership crisis in this country not just in politics,” he said, adding that the process to change this will be one of pain, persistence and sacrifice.
Besigye stood against Museveni three times; 2001, 2006 and 2011 but never succeeded in capturing power.
Having citied vote rigging in the previous elections, Besigye has been pushing for electoral reforms, which if not achieved, the opposition will not take part in 2016 general elections.
Opposition believes Museveni is not ready to accept reforms that would ensure free and fair elections.
Not long ago, Besigye and Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, launched “Citizens Reform Now” to push for electoral reforms but were arrested twice over rallies aimed at achieving their agenda.