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Besigye to stand again

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th May 2008 03:00 AM

Dr. Kizza Besigye, the president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has declared his intention to contest the presidential elections scheduled for 2011.

Dr. Kizza Besigye, the president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has declared his intention to contest the presidential elections scheduled for 2011.

By Kyomuhendo Muhanga              

Dr. Kizza Besigye, the president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has declared his intention to contest the presidential elections scheduled for 2011.

“The Forum for Democratic Change has quite a number of presidential materials. It can be another person, but if the party elects me to be its flag-bearer, absolutely I will contest for the presidency,” the retired army Colonel declared on Friday.

He was responding to a question put to him by one Ibra from Rubare in Ntungamo on a talk show on Vision Radio in Mbarara.

Ibra had asked if Besigye would contest for the presidency in 2011. Besigye has unsuccessfully contested for the presidency twice, in 2001 and 2006.
On both occasions he was defeated by the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni, who himself has stated that it will be his party, the NRM, that will choose its flag-bearer in the 2011 elections.

Col. Besigye was Museveni’s doctor during the NRA war and a UPDF commander of the Masaka-based mechanised brigade.

Besigye, currently on a tour of western Uganda, said he was on a mission to sensitize his party’s supporters on the formation of grass-roots committees.

He said the NRM’s time was up and the FDC supporters should prepare themselves to rule the country: “The time for the Movement government and its leader President Museveni to pack the bag has finally come.

“Study the graph. You can calculate by yourself. In the 1996 general elections President Yoweri Museveni got 75% of the votes cast. In 2001 he got 69%, suffering a decline of 6% and 2006 he got 58%, a decline of 9%. What is making him lose popularity is not Besigye, it is his way of work,” Besigye asserted.

He said the soaring prices of commodities was another indicator that the Government had failed. “This is just the beginning.

The worst is yet to come.” He said he was recently amused by President Museveni’s declaration that he would consider setting prices for commodities: “How can he set a price for a commodity he doesn’t have?”

He said the recent spate of killings and robberies in Kampala and western Uganda was an indicator that things were going to the dogs.

Besigye to stand again

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