The four-time presidential candidate of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, Dr. Kizza Besigye, has said he will not quit until he “liberates” Uganda which means he will be contesting again in 2021.
Over the past few months, Dr. Besigye has been under pressure from supporters of Kyandodo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, on social media not to contest in 2021 presidential elections and instead support the legislator against President Museveni but he shocked the public when he said he is not fighting for Ugandans but rather fighting to set himself free.
“I am not fighting for you. I am fighting for myself to be free. Those who have been telling me to go away because I have been in the struggle for a long time, I assure you that I am not going to leave until I liberate myself. My mission is not to be a leader, but to be in a free country where I can walk with “swag” and I am sure I will achieve this one day,” Dr. Besigye said yesterday during FDC’s 15th-anniversary celebrations at Namboole stadium.
During his speech, Dr. Besigye said his major aim is to liberate institutions, which he said are working for government, not Ugandans citing the example of the recent High Court ruling in which he was told to go and seek justice in his own courts since he swore himself in as president in protest against the alleged vote-rigging during the 2016 presidential elections.
Besigye accused the government of perpetuating divisionism within the Opposition adding that FDC has been able to expose corruption, bad policies and nepotism allegedly practiced by the government.
“Because of our struggle, the government abolished the idea of cost-sharing in health and education sector. The government had abolished free healthcare and education when it said Ugandans should pay half of the services, and the government pays the other. But because of our pressure, the government abandoned those plans and brought back free health,” Dr. Besigye said.
For the last 15 years, Besigye said FDC put the government on pressure to formulate good policies such as taking care of the elderly.
“Many Ugandans have been saying that FDC has done nothing, but they have forgotten that the little things that are being done in this country are because of our efforts. We thus have a lot to celebrate in our 15 years of struggle,” Dr. Besigye said.
Dr. Besigye, who is also one of the founder members of the party was praised by the party president, Mr. Patrick Amuriat, and other party leaders for enduring the arrests, teargas, and torture by security operatives.