Mwenda, Besigye meet, disagree



Senior journalist Andrew Mwenda visited opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye at his home in Kasangati on Tuesday.

“I did this after reading his Facebook post where he said he felt like becoming a real terrorist,” Mwenda explains.

Mwenda says seeing Besigye’s dilemma, he understands this sentiment even though he does not agree with it.

“We held very fruitful discussions on the present and future of Uganda.”

He adds: “Even though we disagree on how to promote democratic reform, I have no doubt that he is genuinely convinced that he is working for the good of our country.”

Mwenda told Dr. Besigye that truth is never objective but subjective; it is plural and not singular.

“We will never resolve the truth of who won the last presidential election but we can begin a dialogue on how to build a better future for our country.”

He now hopes all sides to the Uganda political debate see the need to work together rather than to work against each other.

According to the journalist, hate will not bring deliverance but destruction.

If both sides cannot accommodate each other through compromise, there will be no winners, he writes.

“And Uganda will lose. Besigye represents a large disgruntled voter segment. We cannot afford to dismiss their disenchantment. Museveni represents an even larger voter segment. We cannot ignore their views.”

The challenge, according to Mwenda, is how to create a common ground.

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