Opinion: Besigye’s ‘Plan B’ is continuing the same struggle…

In this plan, we assent that the means to cause that change, to reclaim our influence is to fight. Plan B is a plan for fighting. You can fight while sitting down. Our ancestors fought to get rid of colonial power and we have also already been fighting for sometime now and that’s why we have wounds. We have not taken out guns, but we have been fighting, It is a fight for whoever feels that he is oppressed. Ordinary people will have to be turned into fighters and we shall draw a line between the oppressed and the oppressors” – Dr. Kizza Besigye (28.08.2020)

Today, Dr. Kizza Besigye revealed his ‘Plan B’ after recently opting out of the race for Presidency. Which he has taken part of 4 times and seen the rigging being done. The front-runner of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), one of the founders of the party and the one leading “People’s Government”. Are now unleashing a new plan, which is in fact the same as older plans.

Besigye today didn’t come with anything new. It is in a fashion, which he has stood tall before. Not that its wrong. However, the message, the way of articulating the grievances and the struggle. It is more of the same. It is only a rebranding of the Walk to Work, Defiance and such.

It is organizing civil disobedience in groups of workers as associations or unions. This being all sort of measures of people to work against the oppression. The ideal and the message is fine. There is no trouble in that. This is all natural by all means.

Besigye is not wrong in this. Actually his right and been right all along. As the elections are rigged and the results are prepared long before the polls. The President has it all figured out and use intimidation as a tactic to get his way.

This man has tried all tricks of the trade. Besigye’s Plan B is in fashion with his previous works. He has started campaigns and wanting to enlighten. The man wants a revolution and a peaceful transition. An end to the junta, the military government of Museveni and end his reign.

However, there haven’t been enough people believing in it or tired of it. They are accepting the tears, the heartache and the suffering, which is brought with this reign. While Besigye as a freedom fighter have stood by everyone’s side and been a voice of reason.

Besigye can be right, but if too few is listening. Then it doesn’t really matter. If people are not following his plans or guidelines. It will not make a difference or a change. Just like so many government plans are beautiful on paper, but never implemented. The same can happen to the opposition… when no one listens or not enough does.

Lot of times, Besigye have fallen on deaf ears. There was times when he hit a nerve, but not the needed push further. Things been close to the edge and the state has been pushed. That is why his been arrested, house-arrested and charged with treason. Because he has dared to challenge the state, endlessly.

Now, today as he launched ‘Plan B’, I don’t expect magic nor swift change. Then people has to follow and listen. Use the mind of Besigye and organize a revolt. It will be chaos, but if it is enough. Then the state cannot contain it. They can arrest a few, but cannot arrest them all.

Besigye, a man that should be admired… but most importantly listened too. Peace.

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