Opposition unity: Besigye offers to take the back seat
Opposition icon Dr Kizza Besigye has hinted at the possibility of him giving up his nearly two decades lead role as the face of the opposition to President Yoweri Museveni’s hold onto power.
Addressing journalists at his Katonga Road office in Kampala, Besigye said that he was aware of a well orchestrated campaign by the NRM government to create an impression that all the people from western Uganda are one and the same as President Museveni.
The four times presidential candidate has of recent become a subject of public criticism with some political commentators accusing him of building a cult following than nurturing leaders.
Beside the commentary on social media and in the main stream media, Besigye’s influence has increasingly been put under check by the rising influence of the now jailed Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi.
The musician MP who trades as Bobi Wine has so far tested his influence in four by-elections in his own Kyadondo East constituency, Jinja Municipality East, Bugiri Municipality and most recently Arua Municipality, all returning positive results.
Besigye at the Saturday press conference said it is now not the time for pro-change forces to trade insults but work as a united force against Museveni’s rule.
“If Besigye’s face is the problem in the struggle, let us put another face and we move on. Its urgent that we recover this country!! I will not allow my face to be a problem; not an obstacle to the liberation of this country. What I will only do is wake up every day to do my best to reclaim our country,” Besigye said.
He said, the various players are working on an agreement that will see them agree on a common front.
The results of their engagement, Besigye said, are expected to be made public on Monday.
Besigye also announced that his group is planning to visit the Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake Butebi in hospital and Bobi Wine at Makindye Military Police Barracks before announcing the next course of action.