TDA Protocol | Besigye explains why he refused to back Amama

Posted September 29, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in TDA Protocol ~ 3,957 views



FDC flag bearer Kizza Besigye says he refused to quit the race for a joint presidential candidate, because his rival Amama Mbabazi is not committed to fundamental reforms.

In an interview to be published in The Observer on Wednesday, Besigye appeared to suggest that one of the reasons Mbabazi fell out with Museveni was because the latter refused to hand over power to him.

Since Thursday when The Democratic Alliance-pushed joint presidential candidate project collapsed, Besigye has struggled to address criticism directed at his decision quit the alliance.

On Thursday, TDA declared it had failed to pick a consensus candidate after Besigye and Mbabazi each refused to bow out for the other. But Besigye has since faced strong criticism from within the opposition more so after his supporters publicly demonstrated their uneasiness with accepting a result that didn’t favor the three-time presidential candidate.

In an extensive interview on Friday at Katonga road in Nakasero, Besigye told The Observer that he tried, but failed to find “evidence” of Mbabazi’s commitment to the key issues that encompass the opposition’s protracted struggle against the Museveni government.

“I am simply saying that we have not witnessed and have no evidence of Mbabazi’s commitment to these important issues,” said Besigye.

Besigye listed the four main tenets of the opposition struggle as a fight for rule of law, against abuse of human rights, corruption, and for democratization.

He wondered why Mbabazi’s voice could hardly be heard castigating the excesses of a government he served for 30 years.

“…We were not convinced that he [Mbabazi] had demonstrated commitment to the tenets of our struggle. The struggle that we have been engaged in for all these [15] years has been mainly relating to the questions of the rule of law, [abuse] of human rights, corruption and democratization,” Besigye said.

He added that “in the last 30-years Mbabazi has been at the centre of government, he has been very influential [but] we have never heard him speak out on any of these issues in relation to what their government was doing.”

Asked to pinpoint particular incidents of government excesses Mbabazi shied away from castigating, Besigye mentioned the black mamba siege of the High court premises in 2005.

“Indeed, there have been moments when one would have expected some kind of response [from Mbabazi] like when the black mambas raided the High court and obstructed justice in broad daylight not once, but twice!” said Besigye.


Besigye also told this writer that when he met with Mbabazi this month during the failed process to select a joint TDA presidential candidate, he urged Mbabazi to speak out about the real cause of his fallout with Museveni. He said Mbabazi’s response astonished him.

“He [Mbabazi] told us that what caused his break [away] was that Museveni was very ‘dishonest in their dealings and he undermined him,” Besigye said.

“He [Mbabazi] said that Museveni had also told lies in relation to the [power] transition because he had promised to retire several times, he had not lived up to his promises,” he said.

Besigye thus, observed that unlike him who authored a critical paper entitled; ‘An Insider’s view of how NRM lost the broad base’ in 1999, which precipitated his departure, Mbabazi’s “issues” were not convincing.

“These were his issues [and] didn’t touch [on] any of the issues of our [opposition] concern as being the reason why he had a problem with Museveni.

Indeed, he just wanted to stand in the [NRM] primaries to change leadership of NRM and continue,” Besigye said.

He added: “The reason why I broke with Museveni was over the document I wrote in 1999. That document was precisely about these key issues over which I broke from Museveni.”

He said once he realized that Mbabazi’s differences with Museveni do not resonate with FDC’s aspirations, he made a decision never again to assist a false transition.

“It’s not enough to say that if we do this, we may change the government because we who participated in the NRA struggle have been blamed for having brought Museveni who has become a problem. They [people] ask us that ‘didn’t you see that the man [Museveni] was not committed to what he was saying; of course we didn’t see it,” Besigye said.

“So, I wouldn’t want now to be part of a process to make the same mistake if I can avoid it. So, this is why scrutiny is important for us…” he added.

Source — Weekly Observer

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