“Musevenism” is a malignant cancer that is eating the region, opposition leader Kizza Besigye has said.
Besigye flanked by former Presidential candidate Joseph Elton Mabirizi, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, MPs and opposition officials, made the remarks Thursday while addressing press at his home in Kasangati Wakiso district.
Besigye said for as long as there is injustice, there will be instability noting that international terrorists thrive in areas where there is corruption and insecurity.
“As long as individuals become the state, when they collapse, the state collapses. Museveni is a malignant cancer to the region.”
According to Besigye, Museveni creates instability, conflict and comes in as the only one who can solve the problem.
Besigye says the electoral process doesn’t end with the Electoral Commission announcing results and that he was denied the opportunity to challenge results.
“We must rebuild state institutions and have free and fair elections…A transition of power from those with guns to the people is a must.”
He said without institutions, the inexhaustible opportunities the country offers will remain useless, Uganda will remain poor and backward.
“Where you have injustice, you have conflict. People who blow themselves out (terrorists) are bred by injustice. Leaders must kneel before people, not people kneeling before leaders. It is people who pay those leaders.”
He urged the need to change locus of power from a few people to the population saying what was happening in Uganda is the same all over Africa.
Besigye said like it was done in South Africa, those in power can be left to keep some of the stolen properties so long as they relinquish power back to the people.
He called for a structured dialogue that leads to transition.
“Even though some of our people have stolen a lot, we can talk about a transition where they can keep some of the properties.”
“While I was away it was rumoured that I’d been given billions. I’m 60, I can’t do that…it is bad legacy to leave for your children.”
Besigye said people abroad need to know how government spends their money which comes in form of grants.
“I went abroad for two reasons, first to engage with our population abroad and secondly with partners of Uganda.”
He lashed at government for spending so much money on MPs and ministers who travelled to attend the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA) conference last month.
He said: “$50,000 is sent to the diaspora to organise the annual UNAA Convention yet we have people starving to death at home. At UNAA, 90 percent of the delegates were Ugandan MPs and ministers. I thought I had sleep-walked into a committee of Ugandan Parliament because the Speaker and her Deputy were in attendance.”
According to Besigye, UNAA has been infiltrated by the ruling NRM party and it has left a trail of destruction after the organisation split into two; one in Boston and the other in California.