Besigye meets Opposition MPs
At about 9:40am, former presidential candidate, FDC’s Dr Kizza Besigye walked into Parliament to address Opposition MPs on thw country’s political situation.
Besigye who has stood and lost four times against President Yoweri Museveni addressed the behind closed doors at the Leader of Oppositionin Parliament (LOP) boardroom but later addressed the media.
During the media brief, Besigye said that he had told the MPs that Uganda doesn’t need to wait for elections to end Museveni’s more than three decade rule.
“I am sure you all know the position that we have taken that change in this country doesn’t have to come through elections, in fact, change has never come through elections in this country,” Besigye said.
He said his meeting with the MPs was intended to increase the conscience and determination of Ugandans to live in a free country as well as have influence on how resources are applied for the betterment of the country.
“We don’t have to wait for 2021; people can assert their will as they did and cause change. Change in Uganda is eminent and we can together bring it forth, even much quicker now appears to be the case,” Besigye said.
Besigye also refuted reports that he was against the Opposition MPs taking up their seats in Parliament.
“We fought extremely hard for them, every seat that is won by somebody challenging the NRM regime or even an independent who isn’t leaning towards them, is a seat that is won out of a mouth of a tiger. It is extremely hard to win a seat, so we can’t go through that trouble to win a seat and not go assume them. I was never in any form of manner or been reluctant or discouraging anybody to assume our seats,” Besigye said.
According to the Chief Opposition Whip also Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, Besigye’s meeting was requested by democracy seeking MPs to pick Besigye’s mind on issues pertaining the country’s democratisation process.