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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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-13 #1 Wadada Rogers 2014-04-23 01:02
Oh Please, leave us alone. Let me take this chance to inform Ugandans that there is no rift between Museveni and Mbabazi, it is the usual game of "Suulayo akanyebwa" Literally meaning test the waters and see the reaction.

No Ugandan should buy these well packaged lies that Museveni can fall out with his blue eyed boy. But in a nutshell, i agree with Besigye, all historicals must go, not only out of NRM but off the political scene be it in NRM or the opposition and fortunately, these historicals include Sejusa, Besigye among others.

I want to go on record as regards my next line, Museveni is going to hand over the NRM Presidential slot to Amama
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+2 #2 Betty Long Cap 2014-04-23 01:12
When do historical members of the National Resistance Army/Movement that swept Museveni into power in 1986 conclude presidentialism failed?
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+8 #3 Phalanch 2014-04-23 02:57
M7 is his own dimension, The man is a shadow of his former once historicals , he is seen opening up markets.!! On Kabaka's Land, As the country is continuing to go down the drainage in every way possible . due to aid cut.

An indication that the Nation was running on aid , for 2016 he has told all the lies. All eyes on him. Long live Uganda.
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+12 #4 Faizal 2014-04-23 03:11
whether Besigye or Mbabazi...this group are all same and should not appear on the new political scene. If we are lucky to get rid of Museveni, the next person must not have any connection with bush war.....historical.

we need a new beginning and am sure we can achieve it.
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+13 #5 ssesanga 2014-04-23 07:41
I like Dr Besigye's formidable spirit in which he has stood head high in the fight against the insane ruler who hoodwinked many back in the years todate.

I won't relent on wishing that he Besigye will one day be celebrated a national hero in Uganda.
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+10 #6 Bayomba 2014-04-23 11:20
Much as I wouldn’t like Besigye to associate with Sejusa and Mbabazi but the truth is he is better keeping them closer than apart.

The strategy post M7’s rein should be to forgive and reconcile just like Mandela did in South Africa.

Otherwise all these disgruntled so called ‘historicals’ will form small rebel groups that will destabilise Uganda.

On this occasion I commend you Besigye for looking at the bigger picture.
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+4 #7 ngumya 2014-04-23 14:04
FRIENDS THIS TELLS US THAT WHEN YOU AGREE WITH A PERSON MAKE IT HOME, THAT IS WHY DURING THE BUSH WAR WHAT THEY AGREED ON, IS CONTRARY TO WHAT WAS BEING DONE.

THIS MEANS THE BEGINNING OF THE RESULTS HAS COME TO AN END.AM TELLING YOU HISTORICAL(S) IS/ARE GETTING OLD BUT ARE MORE HARMFUL IF THEIR SEND OFF PACKAGE REMAINS LIKE THAT.AND REMEMBER THEY HAVE NOT LOST THEIR MIND SINCE IKONDERE TIMES.
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0 #8 webeshixty 2014-04-23 14:30
Quoting Bayomba:
Much as I wouldn’t like Besigye to associate with Sejusa and Mbabazi but the truth is he is better keeping them closer than apart.

The strategy post M7’s rein should be to forgive and reconcile just like Mandela did in South Africa.

Otherwise all these disgruntled so called ‘historicals’ will form small rebel groups that will destabilise Uganda.

On this occasion I commend you Besigye for looking at the bigger picture.


Better chance of the devil himself shaking hands with Jesus!

In your hearts of hearts, would you forgive someone who rubbed salt and pepper in your eyes? For crying out aloud, Besiege would buy more patience till he gets that golden opportunity to clasp his long fingers round Tinye's thick neck and shove him right into the cesspool in Luzira for all the good things he did to him at M7's whims. my gut feelings is you are pleading for your own neck! Wrong?
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+3 #9 4ABetterUganda 2014-04-23 17:37
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
When do historical members of the National Resistance Army/Movement that swept Museveni into power in 1986 conclude presidentialism failed?


They won't, because most are still hoping to be president one day. Their generation has also taken rationality & objectivity completely out of the puplic space. & Ugandans, even friendly neighbors, have been converted.

Politics has now turned into a cheer-leading game, not a tool for wider societal progress. So they foolishly compete on whose star shines brightest, & think: that has to be whoever is president, or,even just perceived heir.

If it were still about national progress, yes, they would be thinking about such things as a change of systems, including the obviously failed presidentialism .
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0 #10 Akot 2014-04-23 17:42
Uganda opposition must learn from European politics of today:
France has so many parties that disadvantages election of the right candidate right at first round of election!

So the divided many parties from both Left & Right Wings merger in order to defeat the Extreme Right Wing: this leaves the country with either Left or Right Wing candidate that would not have won to qualify for round 2!

This poloitical choise of accommodation-kicking out Extreme Right has brought in office the candidate the French would never have chosen if they, like UK/Germany had less than 3 opposing political parties!

Germany comes out farely well & establishes a working administration in the end; when the French are always locked in interparty fight while the real job waits!

UK had to come out with a working administration by accepting sharing power by the 2 parties!...
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-1 #11 Akot 2014-04-23 17:44
...USA could have come out cleaner if Obama had not wasted time with his "health care-war in Afghanistan" - the entire country as the world was at worst economically & he went for more public spending which meant more taxes; good intention badly timed ends up 'a wast of time/energy/intelligence-receives negative response from those paying for it!

Just like all savings are going for survival with a French government that is not working but taxing at unprecedented rate-reduced to inter party fighting, leave alone opposition parties yelling for change of direction immediately!

There is so much Uganda opposition leaderss could benefit from if only they were thinking of the people-country first & not their personal ambitions! Division in Uganda makes no sense right now because it only plays in the hands of the dictator all want out, yet all are divided & are not in position to dislodge the monster out of office!
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0 #12 Akot 2014-04-23 17:49
Wadada Rogers,
I would agree with you because it appears Museveni-Mbabazi are playing with Ugandans just to mislead them in believing they don't agree when in fact they are sole beneficiaries of the situation!

While Ugandans are locked in discussing what goes on in NRM, their is no serious preparation from opposition to counter them - these 2 are ready what come may!

They are at the wheel & are not letting go & continue confusing Ugandans as they wish!
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0 #13 Akot 2014-04-23 18:00
Faizal,
You say it rightly; the country is over 60% under 30 years old: they must take their future in their hands & stop these old generation destroying the country for them-their children-grandchildren!

Look at how Europe is is a mess with a union forged by the old generation! They have left no place for their youth who, when given any job opportunities at all, it's as if it's a favour done to them - their politicians cry out loud that they have created a few jobs for the young, while these old are holding on to jobs when they are well beyond 60!

We won't be surprised if tomorrow the old go to work with walking canes while their youths hang around with friends to pass time for there are no real jobs for them except a few!

Uganda youth must stop watching their lives destroyed by the old who have no programmes for the future!
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+3 #14 4ABetterUganda 2014-04-23 18:03
Quoting ssesanga:
I like Dr Besigye's formidable spirit in which he has stood head high in the fight against the insane ruler who hoodwinked many back in the years todate...Besigye will one day be celebrated a national hero in Uganda.


Mr. Besigye should indeed be commended for being the only one, who either saw Mr. Mu7's true colors very early on, or had enough courage to express himself.

But even him, he may have been surprised at the hate that has been thrown at him, not just by Museveni himself, but by those who would remain in his camp.

The lack of understanding that Besigye does actually from many Ugandans may also have taught him the vital lesson that Mr. Museveni possibly discovered while "researching" for Obote: that Ugandans are mostly fickle, & prefer salt & brown envelopes to higher ideals, & importantly, they are to be trusted in wedding meetings, not in political meetings.
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+2 #15 sikita amigo 2014-04-23 23:15
its a pity that the historicals are too late to realise that their boss had a selfish mind with hidden motives. its too late for them to compete at their age.

alot of energy is required which am afraid they might not be capable. the young would overrun them. even the boss himself is on the mercy of God who allows situation to prevail.

otherwise tables can overturn if God says so. there would not be any talking of going to the bush. with the bush war, all of them should forget, they will die there, some with heart attack others even cough would kill them.

we have a saying in my language that "by the time you realise, the rooster has crowed"
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+2 #16 nsenga 2014-04-24 03:52
Sesanga,i find your analysis accurate and i pray all Ugandans especially the law makers regardless of party lines recognize Dr.Besigye's selfless struggle to restore rule of law in the country.

Big up Dr.for transforming and redefining Opposition movement in Ugandan since 2000.My Hero!!!!!!
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+2 #17 nyakayirima 2014-04-24 06:49
Dear Webe***, I think you miss the opportunity to evaluate Besigye's intentions. Infact, it doesnt matter, even if Besigye didnt do it, any other person will.

M7 has simply betrayed us all, period. he has turned us into beggars, and slaves in our own country. He cannot get away with it. M7 should have known better, you reap what you sow!
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+2 #18 naboma 2014-04-24 11:30
Quoting Faizal:
whether Besigye or Mbabazi...this group are all same and should not appear on the new political scene. If we are lucky to get rid of Museveni, the next person must not have any connection with bush war.....historical.

we need a new beginning and am sure we can achieve it.


I think it is unfair to compare besigye and Mbabazi as far as ugandan politics are concerned since they are playing opposite roles and have been doing so for the last 15 years plus
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