Opposition asks ‘Mandela treatment’ for Besigye

Besigye (far right) addresses a rally in Bulo, Butambala district as Muwanga Kivumbi (L) looks on

Butambala MP Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi, who accuses President Yoweri Museveni of running Uganda like a private farm has asked that opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye be given the justice he deserves.

Kivumbi who has served on the Shadow Cabinet [Internal Affairs and Human Rights] was appearing on NBS TV alongside former State Minister Nyombi Thembo early in the week.

To demonstrate the gross injustices, Kivumbi said he has personally been arrested 25 times without any evidence being found against him.

“I have been arrested 25 times and none of those 25 times did this government come up with evidence.”

Speaking on the controversial trial of Besigye for treason, Kivumbi said alluded to the trial of the deceased former South African president.

The Rivonia Trial took place in South Africa between 1963 and 1964.

The Rivonia Trial led to the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela and the others among the accused who were convicted on life sentences.

Kivumbi said despite the ruthlessness of the apartheid regime, Nelson Mandela was charged ‘legally’, found guilty and jailed [to Robben Islands].

“Kizza Besigye is a political prisoner. With Kizza Besigye’s detention, this regime looks dirty.”

Besigye, currently on remand at Luzira prison is accused of treason having sworn himself in as a people’s president.

He added: “Every platform I get, I make sure I remind people that Kizza Besigye is a political prisoner. The tendency in this country is that things are easily forgotten.”

Kivumbi said that is why the United Nations [UN] says “this is below the bar”.

While visiting New York recently, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda found himself being quizzed by UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on why Besigye was arrested and is being persecuted by government.

Former minister Nyombi, on the other hand, says Besigye being an opposition figure doesn’t give Besigye immunity to prosecution.

“He is being held legally.”

Nyombi trashed Ban Ki-Moon saying the UN chief can have his views but Kizza Besigye broke the law and has charges to answer.

Meanwhile, since 2011, tweeps have been suggesting that Besigye be awarded a Nobel Prize.

The prize is not awarded posthumously; however, if a person is awarded a prize and dies before receiving it, the prize may still be presented.

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