FDC presidential flag bearer, Kizza Besigye, has told residents of Bugiri in eastern Uganda that the state has turned politicians into fugitives and citizens refugees.
Besigye was besieged at home by police this morning while the army was deployed to curtail him in eastern Uganda ahead of planned rallies.
The FDC strongman outwitted police and stormed Bugiri where he addressed a rally and opened a party office.
Speaking at the event, Besigye said: “We must recognise that we [the politicians] have been turned into fugitives in our own country and you the ordinary people refugees.”
“We know it and so we must reclaim our dignity. To reclaim our dignity from the oppressor, we must defy him and not comply with the dictator.”
Besigye described the “dictator” [Museveni] as “a coward”.
“He [Museveni] cannot confront people who are determined to reclaim their dignity and citizenship.”
He added: “We are going to win this election by defying the dictator but not by complying with him.”
Besigye said democracy forces will overwhelm Museveni and depose him.
“He cannot defeat an idea of people who are committed.”
He challenged the residents to the fact that Museveni sleeps in the same bed with the minister of Karamoja Affairs and First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, yet the Karimajong still go hungry.
“Museveni and family cannot humiliate people in their own land. We will liberate them.”
Besigye’s rally venue was heavily guarded by police led by his nemesis, Afande Sam Omara.
After Bugiri, police tried to block him from entering Tororo town where he was to open another office.
When they later allowed him in Tororo, residents showered the FDC leader with money in a donation craze.
Worse still, police blocked Besigye enroute Malaba border town where he was supposed to hold a final rally.
While returning to Kampala, police fired teargas to disperse his supporters who had gathered on roadsides to greet him.