Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party President, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, has warned President Yoweri Museveni to beware or suffer the fate that befell the Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza.
An army officer and former intelligence chief, Gen Godefroid Niyombare, staged a military coup while Nkurunziza was attending a summit of EAC leaders in Tanzania on Wednesday.
The coup was unfortunately foiled and three army Generals arrested along with several junior officers and policemen.
Gauging from the situation happening in Uganda currently, Muntu, a former UPDF commander, says the Burundi scenario can as well happen in Uganda.
Muntu was addressing party supporters in Nakasongola district on Saturday.
He cautioned that Uganda’s government could end up suffering the same fate as Burundi and that the situation here was ripe enough.
He said majority of Ugandans were angry and frustrated.
Muntu, who replaced opposition icon, Kizza Besigye, as FDC boss, said African leaders have not learnt the importance of peaceful transition of power.
“There is absolutely no reason why people should lose their lives through conflict,” he suggested.
He said Uganda has suffered a lot through past conflicts asking leaders to learn from the past and avoid similar mistakes.
“Uganda and Africa leaders should learn a lesson from what happened in Burundi,” he stated, adding, “President Museveni should learn a lesson. I hope we can all learn lessons from that.”
With the perspective of Nkurunziza who is seeking a third term of office with blood and iron, leaders in sub-Saharan Africa will do what it takes to cling onto power.
Paul Biya of Cameroon, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, Museveni of Uganda, Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso (deposed) and Teodoro Nguema of Equatorial Guinea have collectively ruled their countries for 194 years, according to the Conversation.
Warns police against brutalising citizens
At an earlier rally held at Kiwoko Taxi Park in Nakaseke district on Thursday, Muntu warned police against taking sides in politics and abusing civilians as a result.
Police had tried to block his tour of Nakaseke yet he had a clearance letter from IGP Kale Kayihura.
“You (police) will be held responsible as individuals for all the unprofessional acts. The people you mistreat are Ugandans and are here to stay,” he said.
He was told at the same gathering that FDC supporters were being harassed, intimidated, arrested and detained at the slightest excuse.
Muntu said it was absurd seeing police officers acting outside the law as if life was about the current regime.
He castigated police for “walking over” innocent civilians and harassing them while protecting interests of those in power.
Muntu reiterated that he joined the struggle for liberation to safeguard the rights and freedoms of civilians saying people in Nakaseke and Luweero who supported Museveni are now regretting.
Meanwhile, Muntu is facing internal party rivalry where some members accuse him of using a relaxed approach that doesn’t involve activism that his predecessor Besigye has used over the years to effect changes in government.