Why does it have to be like this? Where is the justification to always target the radio broadcasts where the former Presidential Candidate and leader within the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Dr. Kizza Besigye attend.
It doesn’t matter in which town, city or parts of Uganda, where the FDC leader is speaking on-air. No matter where, as they have to inform and give indication of their arrival as per request of the Public Order Management Act, the Police Force and the other authorities knows of the movement of the FDC Leader. Therefore, when he goes to Mbale, Jinja or Kabale. The authorities are ready to arrest and take away the signal of the set-radio station.
That is just what happens again and again. It is reoccurring like a smear campaign against the man. Not only assaulting his rights as a human being and political figure, but also the rights of the radio stations to pick who they are broadcasting and interviewing. Because, if it was any of the entitled gentlemen in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) or associates of the President. They would never have arrested them on-air or sealed of the stations because of their presence.
The authorities and the regime cannot be proud of these acts, as they are just devious. They are not clever. It is more of the same and showing the mediocre signs of oppression. The sort of behaviour, which is not democratic. As the democracy is only skin deep, because every decision and every move have to be sanctioned from the Okello House or the State House. Therefore, expect Besigye and the fellow FDC leadership to be under more pressure. Since, the election of 2021 is already gearing up for. Even as we are only in the middle of 2019. Still, the pretext for that is evident. As the NRM has picked their sole candidate and the DP Block is established.
We just have to wait and see where the final destination leads us. What we do know is that the authorities and the state apparatus will continue to assault the opposition. They will persist with this behaviour and do it relentlessly like it is no tomorrow. This is deliberate acts of a coward government, who knows their lack of popularity and has to rule by fear. If they were so great and grandeur. They wouldn’t need to fear the speeches or interviews of Besigye. However, they are and does it, again and again. Peace.
“Bullets and teargass have locked Jinja town as police tried to disperse the people’s president Kizza Besigye’s supporters have received as he walked out of NBS Radio studios where he had appeared for about 3 hours. As soon as they saw their President people started singing and shouting slogans in praise of Kizza Besigye. The police swung on action to disperse them” (Uganda Live TV, 16.03.2019).
We have seen this going on before, as the Leader of the Opposition, the People’s President of the People’s Government, the stark alternative to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and its President. Today, the People’s President Dr. Kizza Besigye was scheduled to be a guest at the NBS Radio 89.4 FM on the 10 AM “On Air” there.
We are seeing that the popularity of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader is still there, as his consistency cannot be understated. The persistence of his work and trying to have a peaceful transition from the NRM to a democratic elected government, which is not rigged in and directly manifested control by all security organization. Which also was in play today.
We are again seeing that the Police Force and Resident District Commissioner Eric Sakwa couldn’t contain the citizens, the supporters of Besigye there. Again, they had to use violent force to stop them and get the meeting to stop.
Surely, this sort of meeting and gathering wasn’t notified or followed the ordinary protocol of the Public Order Management Act. Alas, this was the supporters and the public itself turning up and not planning this. This is what can be called suction and surge of the public towards a popular leader. Not just some random suspect. That is why usually the radios are banned or blocked before the FDC leader comes. Because, the state cannot manage the popularity of Besigye and does whatever it can to contain it. Even break their own laws to stifle his movement or party works.
The people should be allowed to post up somewhere. They should be allowed to gather and show support of a political leader. That is why the Police went all out crazy and made fuzz. Surely, Besigye have been in this before and not the last time either. As long as Museveni rules, this will be the law. Even if it is foolish and making the police look partisan, which it is. Kifeesi at its best. Peace.