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Besigye woos Muhwezi to FDC

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th October 2006 03:00 AM

FORUM for Democratic Change president Col. Kizza Besigye has urged the embattled former health minister, Brig. Jim Muhwezi, to cross from the NRM to his party.

FORUM for Democratic Change president Col. Kizza Besigye has urged the embattled former health minister, Brig. Jim Muhwezi, to cross from the NRM to his party.

By Raymond Baguma

FORUM for Democratic Change president Col. Kizza Besigye has urged the embattled former health minister, Brig. Jim Muhwezi, to cross from the NRM to his party.

Speaking at celebrations organised to commemorate one year since he returned from exile in South Africa, Besigye said the NRM Government would not collapse before 2011.

“My friend Jim is just realising things are not going well in the Movement. Let him come and join the side where people are and join hands with us. In my estimation, the Movement cannot reach 2011,” Besigye said.
The function at rukungiri Stadium was attended by scores of FDC supporters.

“Jim is now going around telling people to go to Bonna Baggagawale (prosperity for all). My friend Jim is now realising things are not going well. Let him come and join us,” he said.

Besigye said he would never have aspired to be President, were it not for bad leadership, which he said he could not accept and would continue fighting.

“Right from primary school, I have never stood to be even a prefect. But with national leadership, I cannot accept. Whether I lead FDC or not, I will keep fighting bad leadership and even if I die in the struggle, some one else will carry on,” he said.

He accused President Museveni of failing the take-off of the East African Federation, ‘because of his bad leadership’.

“How do you aspire to join other democratic countries when in Uganda bad leadership is still around?

“(Former President Idi) Amin killed the East African Community and it is Museveni who has blocked the East African Federation from becoming a reality,” he said.

FDC presidential envoy Dr. Sulaiman Kiggundu, who accompanied Besigye together with his wife May, said Besigye’s move to return to Uganda was courageous and strengthened FDC’s presidential bid.

He criticised the policy of selling property to foreign investors and rampant corruption in government.

Besigye arrived in Rukungiri at 11:00am in a long convoy preceded by bodaboda cyclists carrying twigs, his campaign posters and honking wildly.

Besigye dared the government to arrest him again. “If you like to see a tsunami, let them take me back to jail,” he said.

Besigye said when he left South Africa in October last year, he was not coming on holiday to lie back and watch ‘bad leadership’ go on. Rather, he came ‘to join hands and fight it,’ he said.

Besigye woos Muhwezi to FDC

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