Multitudes of Besigye supporters in a procession on Jinja road

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye says his campaign will be about liberating power from 'dictatorship' back to the people.

Besigye told the press immediately after nomination at midday, that he cannot have a compliant campaign in the current circumstances. Besigye argues that he can not seek for people's mandate to become president when the people don't have that power in the first place.

“This campaign is about changing that - that power goes back to the people, institutions become institutions of the people of Uganda and serve the people of Uganda…This campaign is about first and foremost the liberation of our country, the taking back of our power from the few people who monopolise it using instruments of terror.

We have to liberate our power back to the people. This campaign is about the taking back of our country… And this is why I have said without any shade of doubt that this campaign is a campaign of defiance  not of compliance. We can’t have a compliant campaign complying with a dictatorship", Besigye said. 

Besigye added that his campaign is going to take three phases - liberation, reconfiguration of the state institutions from personalisation by some individuals and thereafter transformation of the country, so all citizens can be proud of being Ugandans.

This he said will be done through broad-based economic development not the current growth witnessed by just a few individuals.

"The regime always talks about development but development by whom? We need broad based development that benefits all people...we need to banish humiliating poverty facing our people", he said.

The crowd waiting for Kizza Besigye at Nakivubo

Electoral Commission Chairman, Dr Badru Kiggundu had earlier declared Besigye duly nominated as a 2016 presidential candidate.

Besigye was accompanied by the Kampala Woman MP Nabila Nagayi Ssempala, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu, FDC President Mugisha Muntu, FDC National Chairman Wasswa Biriggwa, among others.

Besigye's nomination was proposed by the MP aspirant for Kitgum Municipality, Kenneth Onekait and seconded by Nulu Nakalema.

"Its quite a unique moment for me to be nominated by the electoral commission that I protest. I have nothing against the ladies & gentlemen of the electoral commission but we have a bad institution. We need an independent commission", Besigye said. He said the 'Electoral Commission is Mr Museveni's walking stick' operating at his whims the reason it had to postpone the presidential nominations for a month to await for the passing of the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2015"

 At Banda, Besigye was given a sofa chair for keeps while some of his supporters started to contribute money for his campaigns like it has been at almost all his previous rallies.

 

Onlookers following the proceedings of Besigye's nomination rally in Nakivubo stadium from their shopping malls. Photos: Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

After four hours of procession, Besigye finally made it to Nakivubo stadium with multitudes of his supporters who trekked from the usually 30 minute drive journey.

In Nakivubo, Besigye reiterated his earlier message saying today had opened a new dawn for Ugandans to liberate themselves. Besigye told his supporters that he was not in Nakivubo to seek for their mandate to become president because they don't have the power.

"You overwhelmingly voted in Erias Lukwago as Kampala mayor, is he in office?", he asked in reference to ousting of Lukwago from his office by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) councilors.

Besigye said next week he will unveil his liberation plan: "Ours is not a campaign of using helicopters to fly for campaigns. If it means walking, I will do that...I don't have billions for campaigns like my competitors. Its you who will contribute to our struggle"

He said that after liberating the country, they will go to restructuring the state whose institutions have been personalised, then to inclusive development for all citizens. He said he will trim his government to just 20 ministers from the current 80, as well cut the size of parliament from over 400 MPs to about 100 MPs.

"Our country is in a very dire situation. Uganda is one of the richest countries but its people are one of the poorest in the world... Despite being one of the richest, Uganda is referred to as 'highly-indebted', no jobs for the youth, with no healthcare system, poor education system - all because the country is under captivity of a small minority", he said.

On corrupt civil servants used to stealing government resources, Besigye said they should be ready to 'lose their hands' when his government comes in hard to make them to repay back the stolen monies.

He further said the few remaining civil servants who will remain in government will earn decent and dignified salaries, enjoy better housing conditions etc just like it used to be in earlier times.

He particularly singled out police officers who, he said deserved better salaries and working conditions compared to the situation now where they live impoverished livelihoods while their bosses live rich and large.

Earlier Gen David Sejusa told the crowd that it is him who persuaded Besigye to stand again under this regime and under the current Electoral Commission.

"Some people say Besigye went against his word, he did not. Museveni was asking what I discussed with Besigye, now let me tell him one of the three things we discussed. I persuaded Besigye to stand for the elections. For some people who don't see beyond, they think by Besigye registering for these elections he will abide by the electoral process. They only see the surface of it"

 

Comments

+11 #21 Masada sc 2015-11-05 09:27
Ugandans have no power and it is fruitless to ask them to to give what they don't have.

How many Ugandans got the message right? How many of them know that Uganda could be a great country for all of us to live in and enjoy if we had had committed leadership?

Now is the time for every Ugandan who wants to see change in our country to come forward and assist Beside to bring it about.
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-5 #22 mwanguwanga 2015-11-05 09:28
Well well ladies and gentlemen, the nominations are over and what we saw may glitter like gold but not gold actually.

P'ple should not be excited about the multitudes that KB pulled for his nomination because he has always pulled multitudes unfortunately twice KB worn but never entered state house.

There is some thing more than pulling crowds and that is an "ingredient" that FDC 's KB doesn't have. Its a "black box" somewhere in the electoral commission.

Further to that n painfully, our failure to to bring a joint candidate is going to affect our representation in the next parliament bcse of the divisions amongst the for KB & JPAM opposition aspirants.

In all because of our selfish ends we are handing the next 5yrs to YKM with a smile.
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+10 #23 Lakwena 2015-11-05 10:28
Quoting mukiibi:
looking at what people have shown to KB has made me shade tears of joy......Ugandans have not let him down and surely Ugandans have given me great joy in my heart today.....for the past 5yrs it is only today i have seen KB happy and the same for Lukwago.....

Ugandans have destroyed the sentiments that have been around that my hero had lost popular support and people wanted something new........Besigye forever a man that has struggled with Ugandans for Uganda......i have followed Besigye for the last 15yrs he has not shown joy as it was today for him.....we love you Col and keep the fire burning


In other words, there is big difference between being loved and feared Al-M7.
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+3 #24 Remase 2015-11-05 11:24
Patricia, why don't you tell us the truth. The truth is, Besigye has won M7.

The truth is, M7 and your Mbabazi have been rigging the elections over and over again.

Do you dispute that? M7 has rigged and will rig elections again. What is Mbabazi going to do differently which Besigye has never done to stop M7 from rigging elections?

Patricia, are you supporting Mbabazi because he is as good a conman as M7 and it is a contest between who can be the best conman, Mbabazi or M7?
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+3 #25 Remase 2015-11-05 11:47
There cannot be a better message than that. “This campaign is about changing that - that power goes back to the people, institutions become institutions of the people of Uganda and serve the people of Uganda…This campaign is about first and foremost the liberation of our country, the taking back of our power from the few people who monopolise it using instruments of terror."

Patricia, how about that for food for thought? That is what we need.

To have the power as Ugandans, to be able to use it and elect leaders to lead, not to loot the country as M7 and Mbabazi did.
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0 #26 geronimo 2015-11-05 11:56
Quoting Lysol:
Quoting Emmarix:
I love and respect Dr.KB's but i also fear for his political future.

Ugandans have sent KB to his death bed. This is KB's 4th and final round. Its also his knock out stage. Should he loose, there is no coming back.

He will be blamed by every Ugandan for jumping back into the political scene, distorting muntu/FDC and TDA, and making Ugandans fail to root out M7. Even muntu & FDC wont allow him, come 2021.

He will remain an activist fine but in the shadows and that is it. He will be remembered as a perpetual failure in the struggle.

So let us not get taken up with excitement and let us work for real change because we shall also be partly to blame.


It seems you're having a bad day because of Besighye.. No body can predict the future.

You could have asked the same question about your guy Museveni. Most good leaders come from activists and "loosing" many sham elections is not a ground to call it quit.

In life one can try many times at anything but only need to get it right once, to change the course of history.


Success is what we want but to get there, we need to go through failure.

In other words failing is way different from being a failure. you are right Lysol
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+1 #27 good 2015-11-05 14:40
[quote name="Juma Kato"]Besigye agamba :

Museveni is right to say that this going forward nonsense is his idea. No surprise there !

Mbabazi is better off not adapting that kind of tune. It is an insult to tell 84% of unemployed youths to "go forward" when they do not even know where exacly they are at.
Eduardo • a day ago

"Mr Museveni said the party has been going forward...and wondered if Amama was not aware of that"

It seems comprehension is not Museveni's strong point. So let me explain it to him in sentences with simpler words...

Amama knows you have been "going forward." BUT towards dictatorship, despotic rule, state-sponsored patronage and corruption!

Yes, Amama wants to go forward - but forward in a totally different direction!
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+2 #28 good 2015-11-05 14:42
you Museveni are parading beetles instead of thinking about a better slogan now you want to steal Amama's go forward slogan.

Does this prove the fact NRM has run out of ideas?

You employ bush language referring to dignified Ugandans aspiring for Presidency as people running around, if they are running around, what do you think you are doing?
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+2 #29 Lakwena 2015-11-05 16:11
Quoting mwanguwanga:
Well well ladies and gentlemen, the nominations are over and what we saw may glitter like gold but not gold actually.

P'ple should not be excited about the multitudes that KB pulled for his nomination because he has always pulled multitudes unfortunately twice KB worn but never entered state house.

There is some thing more than pulling crowds and that is an "ingredient" that FDC 's KB doesn't have. Its a "black box" somewhere in the electoral commission.

Further to that n painfully, our failure to to bring a joint candidate is going to affect our representation in the next parliament bcse of the divisions amongst the for KB & JPAM opposition aspirants.

In all because of our selfish ends we are handing the next 5yrs to YKM with a smile.


But mwanguwanga, since water and oil (KB and JPAM) can't mix, it is impossible to have a joint candidate out of the two.

In other words, since JPAM is conceited and deceitful, it is unlikely that he can work with KB who is selfless and straight forward like an arrow.
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+2 #30 edo 2015-11-05 17:18
much respect Dr..

you really paralysed kla.

but u need to learn how to protect your vote this time...not crying at the end...
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+1 #31 naboma 2015-11-05 17:55
Quoting Nelson Miruka Okuku:
Sometimes i question myself! Where did these all people come from.

Ae they not the same people who paraded for M7 and JPAM and today Besigye?


some may be but not all. Atleast museveni felled them to kololo and FDC did not. So all is not lost Simon.
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+1 #32 naboma 2015-11-05 17:58
Quoting Patricia:
Congs Besigye for getting the usual crowds, the man has been a crowd puller since 2001 so no surprises there, so the question should be is it the message or the messenger?

Because the crowds have not translated into victory especially Kampala where the Opposition wins the District but loses most Constituencies.

Beyond the excitement of the day better leadership skills, logistical planning and coordination with all other Change agents and of course a dose of humility Uganda should get the change we so badly deserve


Patricia the crowds have often voted KB and he has won.

What you call victory , he has achieved but what could he do with Kigundu and museveni now the saved sejusa announcing the one who was beaten as the victor?
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+1 #33 naboma 2015-11-05 18:02
Quoting Emmarix:
I love and respect Dr.KB's but i also fear for his political future.

Ugandans have sent KB to his death bed. This is KB's 4th and final round. Its also his knock out stage. Should he loose, there is no coming back.

He will be blamed by every Ugandan for jumping back into the political scene, distorting muntu/FDC and TDA, and making Ugandans fail to root out M7. Even muntu & FDC wont allow him, come 2021.

He will remain an activist fine but in the shadows and that is it. He will be remembered as a perpetual failure in the struggle.

So let us not get taken up with excitement and let us work for real change because we shall also be partly to blame.


I cant blame you for your views sir but that is exactly what most intellectually lame elites were saying about KB recently-that he is no longer popular so should not have stood.

I now wonder if they still think so, after the ecstatic crowds he pulled yesterday.

Kb is a unique brand of politician in Uganda and he beleives in what he is doing and gives his all to it-that is why he will pull the biggest crowd in uganda and in any place. he is simply magnetic.
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+6 #34 matek 2015-11-05 19:48
"He said that after liberating the country, they will go to restructuring the state whose institutions have been personalised, then to inclusive development for all citizens.

He said he will trim his government to just 20 ministers from the current 80, as well cut the size of parliament from over 400 MPs to about 100 MPs"

Wamma..Kituffu...
I am begining to like this Kizza Besiege Guy ..looks like he talks sense
MK
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0 #35 Dida 2015-11-06 00:00
Quoting mukiibi:
looking at what people have shown to KB has made me shade tears of joy......Ugandans have not let him down and surely Ugandans have given me great joy in my heart today.....for the past 5yrs it is only today i have seen KB happy and the same for Lukwago.....

Ugandans have destroyed the sentiments that have been around that my hero had lost popular support and people wanted something new........Besigye forever a man that has struggled with Ugandans for Uganda......i have followed Besigye for the last 15yrs he has not shown joy as it was today for him.....we love you Col and keep the fire burning


Mukiibi you seem like a school boy clapping for his teacher to have been made a deputy.

Although thats not the case for KB.A country is not built on emotions and sentiments.Its not football.So what are you going to say when KB gets floored again?

Anyway some Ugandans like street parties and free food.I bet you would follow him to eat in Shawuri yako wouldnt you?
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+2 #36 Itiakorit 2015-11-06 00:31
KB and FDC have been at it, opposing M7, for the longest time and his words bear him out.

Even though it is only words, Besigye knows exactly what needs to be done to remedy the situation.

Mbabazi, in comparison, by repeatedly (vapidly) talking about change, appears purposefully vague, unsure of or untrustworthy about what he would do were he to get elected.

Mbabazi with Go Forward will hurt (take votes from NRM) more than he would Besigye. The elephant in room still is: Would Mu7 and NRM really concede defeat and peaceably hand over power?
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