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Gen Museveni crushing Besigye

President Yoweri Museveni (L) shakes hands with Kizza Besigye

President Yoweri Museveni shakes hands with Kizza Besigye

In this fourth part of our series “How Museveni Beats Opponents”, we examine the emergence of Kizza Besigye as Museveni’s foremost political foe.

For the last 19 years, Col (rtd) Dr Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe has probably, more than anyone else, given President Museveni sleepless nights. His opposition to Museveni rule came to public notice during the 1994-5 constitutional making process. He was one of the delegates representing the army in the Constituent Assembly (CA).

Besigye, the late Lt Col Sserwanga Lwanga and Gen David Tinyefuza, now Sejusa, had distinguished themselves as willing to question the ‘Movement’s’ “correct line” in the CA. At some point, they were accused of plotting to overthrow Museveni! The trio opposed the perpetuation of the Movement in favour of an early return to political parties.

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