Besigye’s Criminal Record: Who will follow suit?
“Arrested 1,023 times.
Incarcerated 217 times.
Indicted of 894 offenses.
Never convicted of any
Seemingly abandoned at the last minute.
The futility of trying to serve Ugandans.
” (Chris Mwesigye Bishaka, 04.12.2018).
There is a cost fighting dictatorship, there is cost fighting a tyrant and military government, that is something someone like Dr. Kizza Besigye knows. He doesn’t just know, but he has meet the force, been house-arrested, been detained, been indicted and charged. Besigye have meet everything, seen any prison-cell and been in any kind of trial. Therefore, nothing is new to Besigye, he has been there and tried. He has taken the pain, the cost and torture, he has been mentally challenged and physical by the authorities. However, that haven’t stopped his attitude and will to continue the struggle.
This is a man who has battled the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ever since he left the party, ever since the cabinet and the government position. As one of them who rebelled against the Resistance Party. He rebelled against the NRM and President, who he considered to forget his place and his mission, as it became self-serving and self-interest, not being a government by and for the people.
That is why he has to pay the price of being arrested over a 1000 times, incarcerated 217 times and indicted for 814 offenses. If this isn’t seen as a massive number, than nothing is. What is more striking is that Besigye have achieved this by leaving the NRM by 1999.
That is only 19 years to be in legal trouble. By this rate he has been arrested 53 times each year. Incarcerated 11 times each year and indicted 47 times each year. If you don’t find this stats staggering. I don’t know what will.
What is more special, is that he isn’t a criminal or felon of petty crimes. He isn’t a pickpocket or a terrorist. Even if he has numbers that would seem so. He is just the arch-nemesis of the President. The man who has gotten into trouble, by being the total opposite of the President. That is why he has landed in so much legal trouble and the state has used all tools to suppress his voice and work. Therefore, expect more to come.
This is a proof of what extent the NRM regime and state does to one person. How much of the freedom, liberty and lack of justice there is.
Besigye is the proof of that. Just look at the numbers alone. They have been created by a margin of 19 years. That is surely some amazing stats. But also sad too, as this is one mans life and his cause. To rebel not only against a dictatorship, but also being a political operative in the midst of tyranny. Where people are even mocking for being detained and house-arrested, because it is so common.
They should understand it and swallow the idea. See the amount and wonder if this could happen to them. Sadly it could, but would they dare to stand beside Besigye in the fight? Would they? Or are they leaving him be in the fight against oppression?
Seemingly, the People Power are working for the same, hopefully Besigye and Bobi Wine can work together, dismantling this oppressive regime. Because all forces of hope needs to work together to reach the destination. But will they and are they ready for the cost?
Besigye has already paid the dividend for years, are other people ready to follow suit? Peace.