Democratic Party President Norbert Mao has warned Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to share the ugly fates of world dictators.
Mao was angered by the way opposition leader Kizza Besigye was treated on his arrival at Entebbe airport on Monday.
“This Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] statement on what happened Monday is the most nonsensical attempt Police public relation ever conceived,” Mao said while appearing on “NBSFrontline” programme Thursday night.
“The way Besigye was treated should be condemned by anyone who believes in rule of law. Criminals have been treated better.”
Mao said Besigye was arrested while returning to his country of birth without even a single charge being levelled against him.
Turning to police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was present at the show, Mao expressed his total disappointment.
“I am annoyed with Kaweesi’s response. The police think arrests are always lawful. There are unlawful arrests. What happened on Monday was one such arrest.”
Mao said one can’t tell an active volcano by looking at the top. Sometimes, it even has ice on the top.
“I have seen Saddam’s statue fall and Mubarak in a cage. Gaddafi’s body was dragged for miles,” he said in a warning directed to Museveni.
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003.
On 5 November 2006, Saddam was convicted of charges of crimes against humanity related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi’ites, and was sentenced to death by hanging on 30 December 2006.
Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak is a former Egyptian military and political leader who served as the fourth President of Egypt from 1981 to 2011.
Mubarak and his sons were convicted on 9 May 2015 of corruption and given prison sentences.
Mubarak is detained in a military hospital and his sons were freed 12 October 2015 by a Cairo court.
Col Muammar Mohammed Gaddafi was a Libyan revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.
On 20 October, Gaddafi was captured fleeing Sirte’s District 2, stabbed, shot in the stomach and his dead body dragged on the ground.
Mao doesnt want the same in Uganda
“Does it have to get to that?” Mao wondered, suggesting a similar fate could be awaiting the Ugandan leader.
“Don’t we love our country enough to accept that it is big enough for all of us?”
Mao also made a reference to the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
“If Mandela’s aim was to become president of South Africa, he could have done so under apartheid. But he took a stand.”
According to the DP president, Uganda’s best brains are outside because of the conditions here. Ugandans are running hospitals in Nairobi and elsewhere.
“The problem with the middle class is they are still hanging on the fence. What Kizza Besigye is doing is trying to shake that fence.”
Mao then challenged Uganda’s middle class: “The struggle has been left to boda bodas. Where is the middle class?”