Opposition leader Kizza Besigye today April 22, 2016 celebrates his 60th birthday.
Social media is currently awash with happy birthday wishes from friends, family, supporters and well-wishers.
Among those who wished the retired colonel a happy birthday was Dr Muniini Mulera.
Muniini praised God for seeing Besigye “through the darkest alleys, and keeping you alive for His purpose”.
FDC youth activist Moses Byamugyisha labelled Besigye as “selfless gentleman whose agenda is to fight for fairness and equality, an idea for a just and free Uganda, an agenda for a democratic and accountable Uganda”.
“But above all, Ugandans understand Besigye also to mean the efforts to dismantle the dictatorship in which we find ourselves as Ugandans so that power can shift from the guns back into the hands of the people who are the official custodians as provided for under Article 1 of 1995 Uganda Constitution,” Byamugyisha wrote.
“I follow you Mr. President, because you are my President. Happy 60th Birthday President Kizza-Besigye,” said Shawn Mubiru.
“Some little moment off the busy schedule to share a delicious luwombo with the birthday boy. Happy 60th birthday my brother Dr. Besigye,” wrote Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
“Boss @kizzabesigye1 Am wishing a Happy 60th BD comrade, hopefully together we can have a New direction,” wrote government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo.
Makerere lecturer Dr Stella Nyanzi sent him a blue “Free My Vote” cake.
Meanwhile, his wife Winnie Byanyima seems to have entirely forgotten about his birthday.
By Friday afternoon, Winnie had not spared a moment to atleast tweet wishing her man a happy birthday.
We can only hope she didn’t forget or perhaps has her unique way of sending the wishes.
Besigye married Winnie Byanyima, a former Member of Parliament for Mbarara Municipality and the first female aeronautics engineer in Uganda in 1998.
They have a son, Anselm Besigye.
Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe was born on 22 April 1956.
Hailing from Rukungiri district, Besigye is the second child in a family of six.
He is a physician, politician, and former military officer in the Uganda People’s Defence Force.
He served as the president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) political party and was an unsuccessful candidate in Uganda’s 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 presidential elections, losing all of them to the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 26 January 1986.
The results of the 2006 elections were contested in court, where the court found massive rigging and disenfranchisement.
He allowed an early internal FDC election for a successor president, which took place on 24 November 2012.
He decided that the successor president should be in place earlier than planned to allow the new president enough time to prepare the party for the next cycle of general elections.