Kampala- Three time presidential contestant, Kizza Besigye, has said the actions of former prime minister Amama Mbabazi indicate he will run against President Museveni in 2016 but fears to declare his intentions now because there is no democracy within the ruling NRM party.
“All his actions show he is going to contestant but he fears to declare because of dictatorship within NRM orchestrated by Mr Museveni,” Dr Besigye said on a local television talk show on Thursday night.
Mr Mbabazi has never publicly declared his presidential bid but his sacking from Cabinet in September, barely two and a half years on the job, was interpreted as a punishment for his hidden agenda to stand for presidency in 2016.
The NRM hierarchy later accused Mr Mbabazi of covertly mobilising for his presidential bid using party structures.
Several youth claiming to be Mr Mbabazi’s supporters have been arrested by police for organising assemblies deemed to be mobilising for his candidature.
During the talk show, Dr Besigye asked Ugandans to treat all Mr Museveni’s promises and actions with suspicion, saying the President has not honoured most of his previous commitments, especially during the Bush War.
“After the Bush War, Mr Museveni was supposed to just lead us into a transition to free and fair elections but never lived to this promise,” he said.
When the NRM came to power in 1986, it promised to rule for four years and hand over power to a democratically elected government.
However in 1989, Mr Museveni pushed the legislature (National Resistance Council), which comprised mainly historical members of the guerrilla group during the Bush War, to extend the tenure of the NRM for another four years.
The first presidential elections were held in 1996, 10 years after the promise to hand over power was made. Dr Besigye said Mr Museveni has usurped the power of all State institutions to the extent that whoever wants to contest against him is threatened with treason charges.
Mr Museveni, according to Dr Besigye treats security organs and the Central Bank as his private institutions that he uses at will and convenience to subdue his opponents or get money.
He said Mr Museveni influences the Judiciary to make decisions in his favour, citing his two presidential election petitions in 2001 and 2006.
In both petitions, the judges unanimously ruled that the polls were not free and fair and there had been massive rigging but at the same time declined to cancel Mr Museveni’s election.
NRM spokesperson Mary Karooro Okurut, dismissed Dr Besigye’s remarks, saying there is nothing new in what he said, before adding “he is free to say whatever he thinks is right”. “That is his usual song,” Ms Karooro said before hanging up.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor