Odongtho: Museveni, Besigye will never agree


NTV Newsnight show host Charles Odongtho

NTV Newsnight show host Charles Odongtho says the titanic struggle between President Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye will never cease until they retire from politics.

Odongtho said for example, Parliament deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah has previously likened President Museveni to a saviour.

“Such a person is likely not to oppose his “saviour”,” he said while appearing on Media Round Table at NBS television on Thursday.

Asked his opinion on FDC’s plans to hold a parallel inauguration ceremony for Kizza Besigye on May 12, the same day president-elect Yoweri Museveni will be taking oath at Kololo, Odongtho predicted the worst.

He said President Museveni and Kizza Besigye are both military guys with differing views.

“They will never agree, perhaps until they retire from politics.”

Red Pepper director Arinaitwe Rugyendo, on the other hand, said FDC efforts to disrupt May 12 swearing in ceremony can never happen.

“Police will definitely move in to stop FDC’s peaceful demo given that it can possibly become a Tahrir Square scenario,” he said.

Rugyendo says FDC plans to hold nationwide demos are aimed at over stretching the police resources hence police might end up making mistakes.


According to the senior journalists, the situation looks like that between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar who too will never come to genuine peace terms.

According to Rugyendo, the current arrangement in South Sudan is a bit cosmetic because it was drawn up the UN, AU, IGAD.

“Regional governments need to be on alert. Riek Machar is very ambitious; he will not lose an election and just accept that. There is need to keep a close eye on him.”

Odongtho too is sceptical about lasting peace in South Sudan following Riek Machar’s return because there are two armies.

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