As Ugandans on Sunday commemorated their 54th Independence Day, Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye punched holes in the celebrations saying the country not yet independence given the fact that the current government uses coercion as part of its administrative measures.
In his independence message, Dr Besigye said under a normal political situation, a nation’s day of independence should be euphoric: citizens and leaders alike join together to celebrate their triumph over colonialism, remembering the day when they became a nation led and governed by their own with their mandate but this is not the case.
“Post colonial Uganda has however not only maintained the inherited political system that denies citizens the fundamental rights and freedoms and maintained the slavery mentality maintaining a master – slave relationship , it has also destroyed the enclave economy, destroyed agricultural production , infrastructure, social services and the extractive and manufacturing industry. It also introduced and entrenched corruption, nepotism, tribalism, cronyism etc.
As a result, Uganda’s 54 years have been marked by : Political instability (no leader has handed power to another leader), violence, a failed economy and social strife,” said Dr Besigye.
According to him, the duty of Ugandans who now feel oppressed therefore is to reclaim the country to get back their rights, freedoms and resources through struggle and which has always described as defiance campaign as a form of non violent struggle.
“This will lead to a post NRM transition in which we shall carry out constitutional reforms, rebuild state Institutions, engage in Truth Telling, accountability and Reconciliation followed by free and fair elections” he added.