Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former presidential candidate has said he respects former Ugandan president Idi Amin more than President Yoweri Museveni for having declared himself life president.
“I respect Idi Amin for having declared himself life president instead of pretending to be democratic,” said Dr Besigye, a four time challenger of president Museveni.
Besigye made the remarks on Thursday while addressing the 2016 annual Jurists Conference about democracy in Africa in Durban South Africa.
According to him, Idi Amin did bad things, but he also did some good things.
Besigye said the main intention of the constant violation of his rights by state agencies is not essentially to harm him but to cause fear among Ugandans.
“”Ugandans must regain their power as masters so that the leaders become servants. That is our struggle. Leaders can’t become servants unless citizens regain confidence and cease being fearful of authority,” Dr Besigye said.
According to him, dictators rule only if citizens choose to obey and not confront their fears.
This year’s conference theme is “State of Democracy and Transitions in Africa: Addressing the Regression.”
Dr Besigye will reportedly leave the conference, two days before it ends because he is supposed to appear in Kabale court where he is battling charges of inciting violence together with other political leaders and activists like Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa, and Ms Ingrid Turinawe, the Forum for Democratic Change chief mobiliser.