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Besigye's Federo Is Not Real!

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th February 2001 03:00 AM

Sir- Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has been telling people in Buganda that he will grant them 'federo.' This, he has been doing with some Mengo ministers.

Sir- Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has been telling people in Buganda that he will grant them 'federo.' This, he has been doing with some Mengo ministers.

Sir- Presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has been telling people in Buganda that he will grant them 'federo.' This, he has been doing with some Mengo ministers. What is interesting about these Mengo ministers moving with Dr Besigye, is that they themselves, their "mengoism" not withstanding, stood for political office and were rejected by the very Baganda they were leading. For instance, Mr Robert Sebunya the Mengo Minister of Health stood for LC 5 in Mpigi and lost despite the fact that he promised "federo." Joyce Sebugwawo, another Mengo minister supporting Besigye, stood for CA on a federo ticket and lost to Wasswa Lule. During the CA and parliamentary elections, Mengo decampaigned people like Bidandi Ssali, Steven Kavuma, Mulindwa Birimumaso, Kintu Musoke and others who stood for decentralisation. All those who campaigned using federo, lost because the people of Buganda want to exercise their political power through LCs as opposed to surrendering it to Mengo. If Besigye and his Mengo people were to offer federo the first thing they would have done would have been to put it in Besigye's manifesto. Was it an oversight to have the federo issue left out in Besigye's manifesto? If Besigye is genuine about federo, he should come out clear and tell the country who will Buganda federate with. You cannot have federo in Buganda while the rest of Uganda is left to be a republic. What the Mengo people understand of federo is giving Mengo executive powers. Will Besigye grant executive powers to Buganda, Toro , Bunyoro, Ankole, Acholi, Lango, Teso and so on? In the case of Ankole, does not federo mean bringing back obugabe? Besigye should tell Ugandans whether he is a republican or a federalist. He cannot be both. The best thing for Buganda is what Museveni has done for them. He restored the Kabaka of Buganda and returned to Buganda ebyaffe. Those who want to drag the Kabaka into politics are enemies of Buganda. The Kabaka should be above partisan politics because those who want federo and those who do not' are his subjects. Byaruhanga Moses Secretary National Task Force for Y.K. Museveni

Besigye's Federo Is Not Real!

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