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Besigye not scared by small attacks - FDC

James Mubiru who is accused of masterminding the attack on Besigye in a photo pose with Bobi Wine

James Mubiru who is accused of masterminding the attack on Besigye in a photo pose with Bobi Wine

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has downplayed a recent attack on its former president and presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye, saying it was too small to shock him.  

Besigye, the party’s founding president and four-time presidential candidate was attacked by a group of youth in Bulange, Mengo a suburb of Kampala on Saturday. The attackers were chanting People Power, a slogan associated with Kyadondo East firebrand legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

They heckled Besigye who had just been on a political talkshow on CBS radio, telling him that all they want is Bobi Wine since he, Besigye had been in opposition for a long time and failed to wrestle leadership away from President Yoweri Museveni. 

But Bobi Wine hastened to distance himself from the fracas, describing it as regrettable. He said People Power does not condone acts of violence against anyone. Bobi Wine said Besigye has been such a strong pillar for the forces of change and his contribution ought to be recognised.    

FDC deputy spokesperson John Kikonyogo said Besigye is a battle-hardened man who remains unfazed in the face of such attacks. He, adds that the party is investigating the motive of the youth and will act accordingly since their faces are well known to those who have been in politics for a long time.        

Kikonyogo appealed to the youth to reject anyone who wants to use them for selfish motives. He argued that opposition members are brothers who should not reach the extent of attacking each other even when they have differences.    

“There is no reason why we should be fighting each other even if we have some differences. But we don’t care who sent them. I think FDC is ready to defend itself if provoked to some level,” he said.  

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party through its secretary general Kasule Lumumba condemned the incident in a statement issued on Sunday.

Lumumba asked the police to apprehend youth who attacked Besigye and further advised opposition political parties and competitors to desist from any form of violence within their ranks and embrace fair competition, by encouraging debate and principled engagement.    

But Kikonyogo said NRM has no moral authority to condemn the attack because they have been behind Besigye’s torture for a long time.   

Besigye’s aide, Ronald Muhinda explained the attack incident as follows.

“As president Kizza Besigye responded to their questions inside CBS reception, I went out to establish if it was all okay. I later established sim-card holder 0755635553 had mobilised journalists to come and cover what they had planned to do.”

“Later, I heard Mubiru James asking journalists whether they had covered the story well. But when mobilising against KB, or want to deploy hooligans against him, please, put forward your best and bravest. Anybody else will be scattered properly and some will take wounded or as prisoners of war!”


+1 #1 Ugthinker 2019-03-05 01:18
If indeed this was a Bobi’s people power production, it’s a big SHAME!

Anyone who sweeps under the carpet Kizza Besigye’s contribution to the struggle is bigoted.

Bobi can be supported without demonising Besigye. Ugandans need to treat KB equitably, else we are not any different from Museveni who has chosen to destroy a country that gave him refuge!

The crazy for power by these unruly young people in my view is just another accident waiting to happen much as many of us loathe Museveni & co. Many of them are just a menace fronted by ever upcoming politicians. Is that the Uganda we want?
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-2 #2 fkyyyyyy 2019-03-05 10:22
Chickens coming home to roost!
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+2 #3 mungu 2019-03-05 11:12
The face of Mubiru looks like that of a typical Rwandese. The Luwero tactics are still alive and kicking. watch out.
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+2 #4 Jama 2019-03-05 14:21
Dr.Spire's recent cartoon foretold this incident.
This could be state manipulation in order to weaken the opposition.

The lion always attacks the weakest animal in a heard and a machiavellic regime manipulates the weaker minded among the opposition.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2019-03-06 07:48
In other words, Ugandans are very funny type of chickens.

E.g. in 1971, instead of blaming Amin for the 1971 coup, they celebrated and blamed Obote. Until Amin started slaughtering them one after the other did they realize their foolhardiness.

Again when Mr. M7 deposed Obote in 1986, the chicken in Ugandans celebrated and blamed Obote.

Now that Mr. M7 has turned into a lying, corrupt and violent monster, devouring a disproportionate share of the deficit national resources to sustain himself in power and disenfranchising millions of Ugandans; the chicken in onlooking Ugandans are now blaming and attacking Dr. Besigye for not wrestling the vicious monster.
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