Hoima residents have baptised FDC politician, Kizza Besigye, “the defender of Bunyoro oil”.
Besigye’s visit to Hoima was full of adventures and misadventures starting with the burning of his car tyre that nearly cost him his life.
He blamed the incident on police that allegedly poured chemicals on the tyres.
He later made a triumphant entry and was welcomed with a red carpet at Boma grounds in Hoima town.
At his rally, Hoima residents came with banners and placards naming Besigye the defender of their oil.
The name tag comes after President Yoweri Museveni while addressing Muslims in Masaka on Eid called the Albertine oil “my oil” and that he would not leave it to rivals who are ready to grab it.
In Hoima, people chanted “Ntale Ntale” (Lion of Uganda) while asking Besigye to “defend Bunyoro oil”.
“Am here to ask you to change your attitude, believe in yourself,” Besigye told the crowd.
He asked them to connect with each other as citizens and join him in the struggle to “dislodge Museveni”.
He promised to revert real power from the gun back to the people while asking Bunyoro to rise up and demand for their share on oil money, or else they “lose out”.
He assured his supporters that he is not ready to lead them into an election to just be stolen, “we must have meaningful reforms and then go in an election”.
At some point, Besigye was confronted by Joab Busiinge, a delegate from Masindi who asked him to assure his supporters and Ugandans at large on whether they are not grooming a dictator in him.
Busiinge, according to URN, claimed that many politicians come promising democracy but turn out to be dictators.
In response, Besigye who met regional delegates before addressing a rally at Hoima Boma grounds on Saturday, said he cannot be a dictator when he left FDC presidency willingly and cut short his 10 year term of office.
The former FDC president said his return was only to lead a political liberation from what he termed a military regime.
He instead rallied youth to rise up to the challenge of their times.
From Hoima, Besigye proceeded to West Nile and made a stop in Nebbi town where people were standing on the road sides waving tree branches.
At the public rally held at Nebbi primary playing ground, Besigye said the “stealing of votes is a matter of life and death”.
“In places where people have ever had power, when you talk about the need for change, they understand you well. We last visited West Nile last year for Electoral Reforms. The welcome in West Nile is unbelievable,” he said.
“I joined the politics of liberation to fight for freedom. That’s the struggle am still involved in,” Besigye noted.
“That struggle I will never leave until it’s realised. I am therefore appealing to you people of West Nile to appreciate this struggle, believe in yourself, let’s get organised and connected and we dislodge this military dictatorship once and for all. We are not confronting NRM political party, but a military regime.”
He said Museveni told the world in 1980 that Africa’s problem was leaders who overstay in power yet after 30 years in power, everyone including himself now knows that therefore, Museveni is Africa’s problem.
“I have come to Nebbi to ask you that we work together and throw out this problem of Africa once and for all.”
“Museveni went to the bush because of rigged elections. He has stolen our votes three times now, we have been patient, and we have not gone to the bush like him. We now resolve that he will not steal our votes any more. Enough is enough. We will finish it here! When you hear the whistle…don’t wait. Start where you are do what you can.”
The FDC strongman then proceeded to Arua town where he addressed delegates.