Uganda is now ‘officially’ a military dictatorship – Besigye

By Henry D Gombya, Managing Editor

Uganda's opposition activist Dr Kizza Besigye and his wife, Engineer Winnie Byanyima
Uganda’s leading opposition political activist Dr Kizza Besigye and his wife, Engineer Winnie Byanyima

Uganda is no longer a democracy but a military dictatorship where there is no hope at all for a free and fair election to choose a new leader. The country’s Electoral Commission that announces the winner of a general election is nothing but ‘a mouthpiece’ to announce those that the current regime want to be announced as winners.

This was the assessment made Wednesday by former Ugandan opposition leader Col Dr Kizza Besigye during his appearance Wednesday on the Voice of America chat show, Straight Talk Africa hosted by the programme’s Ugandan-American anchor Dr Shaka Ssali. Dr Besigye who in recent years has epitomised what it is to be an opposition leader in an African country, told the programme that it was public knowledge that his party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) won the 2006 presidential general election which would have seen him remove the still incumbent Yoweri Museveni from the post he has held since 1986. “I have defeated Museveni in elections and I have defeated him in courts but there is still no change of leadership,” he said.

Joining the show from the VOA studios in New York, Dr Besigye, who spends most of his time unofficially under house arrest in his home near Kampala, warned that despite all attempts by President Museveni to deny space for political parties to flourish in the country, he was optimistic that change in Uganda was inevitable. He charged that the current National Resistance Movement administration has turned the country into a military dictatorship that uses the military and other security forces to stay in power.

6 thoughts on “Uganda is now ‘officially’ a military dictatorship – Besigye

  • February 14, 2014 at 7:05 am

    As time passes, the trite notch is tightened. For all the leading questions put foward by Shaka Sali, Besigye failed (miserably) to make genuine strides to out-politik his nemesis. He then compounds his errant chatter by firstly pointing fingers (of blame) at the west before ultimately attributing the strides gained in citizenry awareness to the west’s funding programs, ie universal education. BUT he still wonders why the west pander his nemesis!
    My personal experience with Besigye is that he can (and will) win any shouting match, but though a physician of some re-known, he is, to put it bluntly, a bit thick.

  • February 14, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Is it memory lapse or pretense? Was Besigye not one of the first to join Museveni in the bush in 1981 to militarize Uganda?

    • February 16, 2014 at 8:36 am

      I agree. Let me add ‘Revolutions Devours its own Children’. I mean this ‘personal-merit’ revolutions that rode on the expunging ‘biological substances’ from the governance, to extend its life had to devour special ‘biological blood’ – one of a ‘musawo’ comes to mind.

      Editor: Sorry for any offence caused.

  • February 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    We have seen it all under the Museveni’s, Bad, worst, blood E.T.C. When the likes of Dr. Besigye go on air to expose the rot in museveni’s government, we Ugandans kind of get a relief; but one question every Ugandan would ask you Dr. Besigye is; what is the way forward?

  • February 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Ofcourse, Uganda government under Museveni had always been a millitary regime and is still a millitary regime. It is unfortunate that
    some people are just starting to see it now! The ruling authority being NRA with NRM as a major department within the NRA effectively disguised as
    the national army and a political party respectively.He, Museveni cleverly and effectively used some of the most energetic
    and hardworking ugandans and rwandese to consolidate his position especially in the earlier stages of his project. Those within
    his system who smelled a rot and tried to raise alarm were quickly snipped and weeded out. He has with time become more sophisticated and cunning thereby outwitting competitors.

  • February 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

    there is no day uganda president will be alone from leadership due to his heavily dictatorship and lack of laws in east Africa countries which has benefit him for many years and there is no day he will he upheld the human right that all Uganda societies would greatly expect from he as of like any other country.


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