Opinion: How many Besigye lessons do we need before we listen?
“You are talking about 2021 elections, I was a candidate in 2016, and after elections, I was charged with TREASON for declaring myself winner. We are going into 2021 and that case has not been heard” – Dr. Kizza Besigye (on NBS Breeze, 16.10.2019)
Well, there has been plenty of this, where Dr. Kizza Besigye the People’s President has spoken on these matters. This is not brand new, neither is it unique. However, his analysis is still as vibrant as before. The need for this clearly there. As the National Resistance Movement and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni continuing their reign without question. Even, if there are major issues with his rule and the methods done to continue his self-styled President for Life project.
Therefore, the excerpts of the NBS Breeze Programme on the 16th October 2019 was a breath of fresh air. His saying what his said before, as stated, but still. These things doesn’t seem to sink in. Like people are brushing it off, instead of understanding why he says it.
“Then there is a question of legitimacy. One, we have an illegitimate person who violated the Constitution by detaining his opponent to declare himself. Two, a person who is in office illegitimately, he has already illegitimately appointed the new Electoral Commission headed by Simon Byabakama. By the way, Byabakama was my prosecutor on very funny cases. Thirdly, this illegitimate president violently destroyed the Constitution and invaded Parliament with his troops in order to procure an amendment to allow him contest beyond 75 years. Of all the people who have so far shown interest to contest for the presidency, only Museveni is already 75 years. Museveni would not have been a candidate if he had not destroyed the Constitution” (Dr. Kizza Besigye on NBS Morning Breeze on the 16th October 2019).
This is all well-known now, the things that Besigye is stating is facts. It is mere view of what Museveni has done. How his used his state power and control to secure his future. While that has happen, his also ensured that the opposition got into trouble. So that the issues would go away. However, breaches of legality and the violations of rule of law doesn’t go away. Even if all the courts of the Republic has accepted this. Still, we are supposed to believe that 2021 will be different , than 2016?
Who are we kidding?
Well, let me say it like this. A man whose made his life a con. A man that has rigged every single election his been in-charge off. Would you expect that man not to rig the up-coming one? Do you expect him to be honest? A man who constantly has made every single By-Election into a War-Zone and rigging competition of sorts. There is so much trouble ahead. That legitimacy is only the first bargain of the upcoming election.
That Besigye is still on bail three years after and not had to answer. Proves the ordinary troubles of a real opposition. As suddenly the Court will call trial and continue the case. However, the will not be produced affidavits or witnesses to ever create a viable case. Alas, this is being used to make it harder for someone to campaign and such. Just like all the old court cases coming and happening in the campaign period for Besigye in 2015 and 2016. This will most likely happen in 2020 and 2021.
We know the game. It is rigged, but people will not take the lesson. Getting National IDs and going into an Election. Bobi Wine and People Power means well, their reigniting flames and showing positive flair.
But, we all should remind ourselves of these words:
“The struggle I know and understand is that we are looking for a country and first mission should be to recapture the country and then once we reclaim the country and have power over it, then we can choose and leaders and create rules how to choose leaders” (Dr. Kizza Besigye, 16.10.2019).
Because, right now Museveni decides and makes the changes. No one else does, except if they are his straw-men like Raphael Magyezi. There been others who carried the load of the President, but later are lost sheep without any office. That might happen to him, because he was useful to him that given year.
Museveni right now has all the cards, which he has kept close since 1986. That is why the struggle is the same. Just listen. Peace.