By Henry Gombya
The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been accused of hiding behind the on-going ‘Walk to Work’ protests that have resulted into the beating up of the country’s opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye and the imprisonment of several leading and minor opposition figures.
In a scathing attack on the American secret agency and the methods used by Uganda’s political opposition, Dr David Matsanga, a former spokesman of Ugandan rebel movement, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has written to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni pleading with him to find a way of reaching out to the opposition and not fall into a trap allegedly being set by the CIA in an attempt to bring down the Ugandan government. He said: “My position on the Uganda scenario is that the current acrimony created by foreign instigators under the guise of “walk to work” is a simple CIA mechanism of regime change in Africa.”
Dr Matsanga who is an expert in conflict resolution, said engagement rather than confrontation would serve the country better. “What we see on the streets of Kampala and what is developing in other parts of Africa can be resolved by constructive dialogue that builds consensus, not violence,” he said. Denouncing Thursday’s brutal treatment of opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye by Ugandan police, Dr Matsanga pleaded with President Museveni to ‘seek national dialogue and reconciliation’ with the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader and former presidential candidate Dr Besigye and others ‘for the better future of our country Uganda’.