Opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Saturday visited Gulu and Omoro districts to canvass support for Forum for Democratic Change flag bearers.
Besigye was accompanied by Nwoya county MP Hon. Simon Oyet, Gulu District Woman MP Hon. Betty Aol Ochan, Amuru District Woman MP Hon. Lucy Akello Opolot, Kilak North MP Hon. Gilbert Olanya, FDC Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija, FDC Secretary for mobilisation and organisation Ms Ingrid Turinawe.
The officials combed Odeke sub county soliciting votes for former Omoro MP Hon. Simon Toliit Akecha who wants the District LCV chairman seat and Proscovia Alanyo Winy who wants the District Woman MP seat.
Addressing media in Gulu town, Besigye said he was in northern Uganda to push for their campaign of change.
He cited two sides in the struggle; one being that of President Yoweri Museveni’s “dictatorship that acquired power using the gun and is maintained in power by the gun” and the second being that of opposition that wants to give power back to the people.
“In a dictatorship, all institutions serve the dictator. That is why we have a Museveni police, court etc. Our struggle is about liberating ourselves and the state institutions,” he said.
According to Besigye, FDC as a party is the leading organisation of the anti-dictatorship.
“That is the struggle we came to advance. We have come to campaign for candidates who can take this struggle forward. Like Prossie Alanyo and Simon Toolit in Omoro.”
Besigye said the people of Gulu have over last 30 years resisted dictatorship very firmly and have paid a high price for resisting the dictatorship.
“In all our manifestos, we have stated that we will rebuild Northern Uganda and Acholi in particular. As we talk, the region is attacked by new aggressors e.g. nodding disease and Hepatitis B.”
He added: “The sooner the dictator goes the sooner the rebuilding.”
Besigye reiterated that Museveni was in Gulu a few days ago and “I saw him in the media saying that if you want to know that NRM has done something, touch the electricity wires”.
Besigye said while Museveni talks about repairing the road and markets, 30 years have already passed without a positive effect.
“In our language we say that a hunter who never kills an animal, when he kills a bird, he will make the whole village aware.”
He cited very poor health services, schools saying the few present in the area should be credited to the Religious organisations and NGOs.
“For all that, am very attached to Northern Uganda. We have struggled together. I have enjoyed tremendous support in this region.”