FDC asks West to force Museveni free Besigye


Nganda addressing press today

Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] has now turned its eyes to western countries in order to secure the release of Kizza Besigye from prison.

Besigye is currently on remand at Luzira prisons until June 1.

He is charged with treason for declaring himself president and later swearing himself in as a people’s president.

Addressing press at the party head offices in Najjanankumbi on Monday, FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said they are courting the west to pressurise the ruling government to free Besigye.

“We seek attention of foreign nations to compel National Resistance Movement [NRM Government] to release Dr. Kizza Besigye,” Nganda told press.

Nganda said they still don’t acknowledge president Yoweri Museveni as the legitimate winner of the 2016 elections.

“Some politicians who believe that they can deny Museveni legitimacy by doing ABCD. But in truth, Museveni doesn’t need legitimacy, otherwise he wouldn’t be inviting President Oma al-Bashir and insulting everyone.”

He said those who claim to have conceded defeat to the ruling party couldn’t do it on behalf of anyone.

“FDC sponsored a candidate but it is or not a candidate! Not even party president Gen. Mugisha Muntu of any other leader! Not me, not you!”

Dr. Besigye was the candidate in the presidential race, Nganda said, adding that he [Besigye] speaks for himself.

“Ugandans voted him. He won elections and was sworn in. Yes, he is in prison but will be out. He is our president until he guides us otherwise.”

Nganda said while they have divergent individuals as a party, the decisions are made by the party.

“Party disagreements are healthy. Divergent views are part of the culture of democracy.”

He said before making a decision as a party, the leaders go to Luzira and consult with Dr. Kizza Besigye first.

Army, power hand over

Nganda said the army has to be on boarders to stop attacks like recent killings of policemen on Lake Albert but they are here at FDC offices.

Officers like Enanga [Fred Enanga-the police spokesperson] think that police became an organ of the NRM, Nganda pointed out.

Nganda warned the police and other security agencies against invading the judiciary in Besigye’s treason case.

He said the deployment at their offices is aimed at intimidating court from performing its duties without fear and favour.

He said the judges were working on gunpoint while members of the public are denied access to courts.

“Police and military should not take over court premises and the Prison authority must not interfere with the normal court hours as it was last time,” Nganda told press.

He said FDC will up their efforts to have Besigye released from prison.

He also asked police to release reports of the arrested FDC members and where they are  being detained.

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