Nyago sees no link between Besigye, Mandela


Kintu Nyago, Ugandan Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Uganda’s Mission to the United Nations, New York says parliament is also another option for dialogue between President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Kizza Besigye.

“Parties can send in their grievances to be discussed on the floor,” Nyago said while appearing on NBS television on Monday.

He said only the Electoral Commission and the courts of law can judge whether the elections were free and fair.

“Staying at home is not authoritative enough. Mr Kizza Besigye should have gone to court. Parties going to court after elections happens everywhere. That is why we have systems in place,” he argued.

He said issues happen everywhere citing the current electoral issues in the U.S.

“Mr. Museveni is open to dialogue. He is even mediating the Burundi Crisis talks. There is no impasse in the country‪,” Nyago explained.

He said Kizza Besigye, on the other hand, has a record of accomplishment of controversy.

“Once, he attempted to match into Kampala and people were shot dead.” He added: “There’s no comparison between Nelson Mandela and Dr Kizza Besigye.”

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

Denounced as a communist terrorist by critics, he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Lenin Peace Prize.

He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as the “Father of the Nation”.

Tweeps both in Uganda and other countries since 2011 have been suggesting that a Nobel Prize be awarded to opposition leader, Kizza Besigye.

To the contrary, Nyago, says Besigye can stand for presidency and even vote but is nothing like Mandela.

“By rallying people in Kisekka Market, Mr Kizza Besigye is going to the wrong forum.”

“He needs to go to court. He has lost four times [2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016].

The ambassador concluded that Kizza Besigye was unleashing “mobocracy”.

“He is a “bad loser”.”

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