Almost a year after he fled the country, Gen David Sejusa has maintained regular contact with Col Kizza Besigye, the colonel has said.
And if what Besigye says is to be believed, then perhaps their fates were destined to be the same. Both former army officers were historical members of the National Resistance Army/Movement that swept Museveni into power in 1986.
But in an interview on Monday, Besigye said all historical members who had genuinely hoped that Museveni would peacefully leave power were now realizing they were deluded. Asked how often he and Sejusa spoke, Besigye said the contact was regular. He had even just spoken to the general, a former coordinator of intelligence services now in exile in the United Kingdom.
Asked what the two NRA bush war veterans talk about, he said; “Our talks are around how we can have a synergic relationship, complementary relationship in whatever is being done, and of course, he has been the coordinator of Intelligence [services], he has a lot of information which we also need in whatever we are doing.”
Besigye said it was unlikely that Museveni would leave power peacefully or be “massaged” out of office.
He also spoke of the pressures within NRM that are threatening to tear the party apart especially in the face of the undeclared 2016 presidential ambition of NRM Secretary General and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.
He said Mbabazi is welcome to the opposition. Mbabazi, he said, should not come to electioneer but to join forces that will “dismantle and restructure” the current structure of governance.
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