Activists declare year of defiance

Kampala

Opposition activists have vowed to carry out a campaign of defiance in 2015 against what they described as President Museveni’s dictatorship.

While addressing a media briefing at Activists for Change (A4C) headquarters in Kampala, former FDC president, Dr Kizza Besigye, urged Ugandans to join the defiance campaigns so as to dislodge President Museveni’s government.

Dr Besigye said the activists had relaxed their activities in 2014 to give space to the campaign for fair elections and dialogue. “We set out to make matters of justice clear to all political actors. We are going to start 2015 with a struggle based on clarity about what must change, well knowing that the dictator and neither of his institutions like Parliament will change the rules,” Dr Besigye said.

However, Mr Ofwono Opondo, the head of the Uganda Media Centre, said any ruckus will be dealt with by government. “The state is here and its capacity has improved from what it was in 2011. Let’s see who will win,” Mr Opondo stated.

Mr Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the director of police operations, described the activists’ threat as ‘wishful thinking’. “They had it to the extreme and it never succeeded. This time it will not stand, we are going to stifle it because we have the law (Public Order Management Law),” Mr Kaweesi warned.

sdkafeero@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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