Ugandans in diaspora have called upon citizens at home to resist what they termed as oppression masterminded by the current government.
Earlier, a sections of aggrieved Ugandans petitioned European Union (EU) to impose sanctions against President Yoweri Museveni for reportedly violating human rights.
In a letter written to the Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, the petitioners asked that Museveni, his cabinet, army officials and Electoral Commission (EC) officials be banned from travelling to Europe.
The petitioners were led by Joel Wakayima, President of Uganda Diaspora Netherlands, John Bosco Arine Chairman of Ugandans and Friends of Uganda Community in Belgium and Titus Seruga human rights activists resident in Belgium.
The petitioners also sought to have Museveni’s bank accounts abroad frozen.
Likewise in a statement, Uganda Diaspora P10, a pressure group of Ugandans resident abroad and a major stakeholder in the social, political and economic development of Uganda says it can no longer remain a spectator while opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye is being treated in an “undignified manner and dehumanised”.
“We are not accepting his unalienable rights to be trampled upon with impunity by the state. Dr. Besigye is a leader elected by Ugandans by a majority of more than 52% of voters in the recently concluded and rigged elections.”
The group says Dr. Besigye is not an ordinary person in the eyes and hearts of Ugandans who braced state torture, harassments, and intimidation on the 18th Feb 2016 to select him as their President.
“A national leader of his stature cannot be a permanent candidate of arbitrary mistreatment by the state actors as we simply look on like it’s merely a spectacular event.”
They warned government that the violence met out can be used by citizens to free themselves from oppression.
“Uganda Diaspora P10 has come to the inevitable conclusion that a government which takes up arms to respond to the peaceful protest of the people against their oppressors glorifies violence as a means of engagement.,” reads the statement in parts.
They said blocking Besigye from reaching his home district Rukungiri, vandalising his car and pepper spraying him, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was “a restful barbaric act”.
P10 also accuses government of selective targeting of the Bakonzo in the iron-fisted security operation in the Rwenzuru region which is inconsistent with the international charter on human rights and can only aggravate the existing ethnic tension.
“Any government’s actions contrary to these purposes makes it an indubitable duty of citizens to provide their own security, to secure their own property and to defend their unalienable, indefeasible right, to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most appropriate.”
The group also attacked legislators who reportedly connive with the state to take away and destroy the rights and the property of the people or to reduce them to slaves under arbitrary power.
“Ugandan Diaspora P10 has absolved to empower Ugandans from any further obedience to you. This dictatorship has reduced, tortured and humiliated Ugandans such that Ugandans have become refugees and second class citizens in their own country. This is unaccepted.”
P10 said citizens’ continued obedience to the dictatorship has transformed them to instruments of oppression.
“You have lost the legitimacy as defenders of the peace and wellbeing of Ugandans. You have become the enemies of the people of Uganda. Your inability to remain neutral is not very useful to Ugandans and time is running out for you to reform.”
“We have not only the vested powers in ourselves to defend our existence, but we also have the moral obligation to resist oppression. This struggle is not about a liberator, don’t wait for a liberator. You are the liberator. Liberators do not exist without the oppressed being fully conscious of their conditions. Liberators only exist within the people in the process of liberating themselves.”
The statement quotes South African Archbishop, Desmond Tutu who says:“…if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”.
P10 claims to have a remarkable determination to restore the rule of law in Uganda, uphold peace and pledge a commitment to a common purpose of stable, violence-free democracy for the future generations.