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FDC demands apology from Mao over Besigye attacks

The DP Bloc signing event

The DP Bloc signing event

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has asked Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao to apologise for the attacks against opposition doyen Dr Kizza Besigye during last week’s DP Block agreement signing event.   

DP on Thursday last week held an event to sign a memorandum of understanding with the People's Democratic Party (PD) of Dr Abed Bwanika and Social Democratic Party (SDP) of Mike Mabike and officially unveil the DP block as they prepare for 2021 general elections.   
The meeting held at Africana hotel was attended by a number of political figures including, former FDC president Mugisha Muntu who quit the party to found a new one, Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), youthful firebrand Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine who is also the poster boy of the People Power pressure group, among others.   

When their chance to speak came, from Bwanika, Mao to Kyagulanyi, they all directly or indirectly attacked Besigye, who they accused of frustrating opposition efforts by consistently contesting and losing the presidential elections and not giving other opposition members a chance.

Besigye has been Museveni's main challenger for the presidency since 2001. He has on several occasions claimed that the elections were rigged in favour of Museveni, a fact acknowledged by the courts. However the judges ruled that the rigging was not enough to change the outcome of the election results. 

FDC says instead of using last week's event to sell the DP Block to Ugandans, they used it to attack Besigye. Bobi Wine accused Besigye of telling Ugandans that elections won’t remove Museveni from presidency without offering an alternative.   

“Don’t talk about democracy and stand four times and on the fifth time you tell people democracy doesn’t work. We believe it works. On that point, I will assert that democracy actually works and anybody who despises democracy is despising the people of Uganda,” Bobi Wine said.

This message left FDC diehards seething with anger. Before he became a politician, Bobi Wine is on record for saying that Besigye was rigged out in the 2016 elections and has often referred to him as his political mentor for his consistency and bravery to face off Museveni in the elections and his military machinery.

When Bwanika's turn came, he said; “I have heard one person who has now perpetually become a presidential candidate and wants to become one again. I have decided, whether I will remain alone, I will ensure that Ugandans don’t vote that presidential candidate again.”   

FDC deputy spokesperson, John Kikonyogo while addressing journalists at party headquarters said the attack was unfortunate. The best that DP can offer to Besigye in particular and FDC in general is an apology.   

"But what was more disturbing to people who are watching politics in Uganda, someone spends his money, he organizes a very nice signing ceremony but when you’re given a microphone, you spend 3/4 of your time attacking another party instead of telling the people of Uganda what you’re going to do after the signing. That was a bit disturbing. You’re attacking an FDC member, Dr Besigye for not joining you. I think Mr Mao owes us an apology as a party." Kikonyogo said. 

Kikonyogo explained that Besigye cannot make a decision on behalf of the party and that even if he had attended the DP signing event, there is nothing that he would have done.   

But Kikonyogo said FDC welcomes the DP coalition. He argued that if FDC decide to enter coalitions in the coming months, it will be negotiating with blocks rather than individual parties. He said they are consulting supporters at grassroots level on how the party can prepare for 2021.   

He gave a chronology of coalitions in Uganda since independence which have not worked. That’s is why, he said FDC is always cautious when it comes to joining coalitions.  

Comments   

+3 #1 WADADA roger 2019-04-08 22:36
Guided by my conscience, i think FDC needs to take those alleged attacks on Besigye in good faith, isnt it true that he has contested for more that 20 years and failed on all of them.

True he is a strong candidate but Museveni has mastered his game and will do anything to ensure Besigye participates in order to divide the opposition vote
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+3 #2 Lakwena 2019-04-09 08:36
Quoting WADADA roger:
Guided by my conscience, i think FDC needs to take those alleged attacks on Besigye in good faith, isnt it true that he has contested for more that 20 years and failed on all of them.

True he is a strong candidate but Museveni has mastered his game and will do anything to ensure Besigye participates in order to divide the opposition vote


But Wadada, does trying 10 times, again and again, means failure? What about you onlookers, is it only Dr. Besigye failing to dislodge Mr. M7 thru a flawed and heavily rigged democratic process?

What about Abed Bwanika, how many times has AB stood in order to defeat Mr. M7 and his rigging machinery? 3 times.

In other words, the onlooking Ugandans must give Dr. Besigye a break. I just wish Hon Kyagulanyi does not say a word about Dr. Besigye failures.

Otherwise his current honeymoon will soon become a bitter (mululuza) one.
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+3 #3 Lakwena 2019-04-09 08:53
When AB says, “I have heard one person (Dr. Besigye) who has now perpetually become a presidential candidate and wants to become one again. I have decided, whether I will remain alone, I will ensure that Ugandans don’t vote that presidential candidate again.”

Such a statement can only come from either a mad man or classified sycophant sic boot-licker.

In other words, I am a Ugandan, unless one is a total idiot; which other Ugandans would listen to AB anti Besigye's campaign?

AB and Mabike's cynicism do not make them great personalities, but celebrated buffoons.
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+2 #4 Ugthinker 2019-04-09 09:50
If Ugandans can’t see through the so called DP block, they will have themselves to blame.

How can serious politics be discussed by Lubega Mukaku, Bwanika, Mabikke, Kidandala even Mao? DP block is just a gathering of idlers. Any meaningful strategies, must be laid by people of integrity, not any of these paranoid survivalists.

As for Bobiwine, his naivety is his responsibility! Politics is for swift operators, Unfortunately. If he can’t workout nonstarters, his grasp on basics is inexcusable.....
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+1 #5 Nyaketcho 2019-04-09 13:04
Quoting Lakwena:
When AB says, “I have heard one person (Dr. Besigye) who has now perpetually become a presidential candidate and wants to become one again. I have decided, whether I will remain alone, I will ensure that Ugandans don’t vote that presidential candidate again.”

Such a statement can only come from either a mad man or classified sycophant sic boot-licker.

In other words, I am a Ugandan, unless one is a total idiot; which other Ugandans would listen to AB anti Besigye's campaign?

AB and Mabike's cynicism do not make them great personalities, but celebrated buffoons.


Better said. How can any right thinking Uganda ever follower such idiots.

Dr KB has set the standards high for pursuant of Democracy in Uganda and these idiots cannot never match the minimium level to lead Ugandans.
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+1 #6 Akot 2019-04-09 18:47
WADADA roger, agreed.

One wonders why FDC is in internal fight when the enemy is Museveni that the opposition party should be UNITING Ugandans against, to block & force out before next fake election the dictator has already won!
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0 #7 Akot 2019-04-09 19:06
Lakwena, thanks!

Onlooking Ugandans are the only ones who can bring change & only in UNITY!

Is FDC going to give the leadership, or is the internal fighting going on while Museveni has no opposition to face him?

It's onlooker Ugandans who kept Museveni on, while lonely Dr Besigye contested the last rigged election, right?

Is Boutefika hanging on face to UNITED people of Algeria, even when they don't have alternative leader?

M7 has already rigged the democratic process & won & will win, so there is no need for election, especially as the tribalistic system stands & there will never be common opposition leader accepted by ALL!

Yet, even then, UNITY will throw Museveni out & Ugandans can go for independent tribal states!

Why do Ugandans prefer Museveni to their FREEDOM & life without the demon?

Even Acholi can't live without Museveni!!!
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0 #8 Akot 2019-04-09 19:20
Nyaketcho, understood!

Can you imagine if Dr Besigye had stood up & called tribal leaders to stand down & Ugandans UNITED after last rigged election?

It's Bobi Wine's turn to call Ugandans to UNITY today, if Museveni is to be shown way out!

Yet, as Algerians, Ugandans can UNITE without alternative leadership & Museveni will be out!

Why is Museveni still in State House instead of that house being empty, but Ugandans FREE of Museveni?

Why will divided Ugandans go for election non other than Museveni will win?
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0 #9 Akot 2019-04-09 19:33
Ugthinker, understood, but,

Ugandans MUST realise it's not opposition in fighting, not maintaining the tribalistic system, not blaming one another, that will throw Museveni out, but all these only bolster the dictator while keeping Ugandans at war with one aother!

British J. Corbyn finally woke up to see it's not T. May he should fight - if Corbyn wants to get the top job, he must first believe UK is a 'nation' that can stand on it's own/make its stand, before joining/working with others!

Ugandans MUST UNITE & NOW to stop Museveni throwing them against one another & rule them till he drops dead of old age, we know demons live +90 years!
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0 #10 Nestroy 2019-04-10 11:12
The only face missing in this so-called block is Mbidde!!!!!!!. Uganda is still vulnerable if this trend continues!!!
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