The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is to launch a nationwide campaign to educate Ugandans on their rights, the party’s former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has said.
Speaking at his Katonga Road offices Dr. Besigye also said he did not expect police to interfere with the FDC’s scheduled activities. “We have no proof that the police has changed but I know that they will try not to indulge in activities that will lead them to courts of the law just like their colleagues who were demoted and had salaries deducted,” he said.
Asked about the success of FDC’s previous campaigns, Dr Besigye said: “We have challenged the government for over fifteen (15) years now, our success cannot be judged by us but the public.”
Besigye also expressed concerns over the handling of land issues saying, “land is the foundation of existence that is why the landless are increasing in urban centres like Kampala.”
And, citing a recent programme on NTV, Dr. Besigye also said the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government was intent on dividing regime opponents and blackmail them.
“I was surprised with NTV’s talk of amending the FDC Constitution to have me come back to party leadership; I called my FDC leaders and they did not have any idea about it. When I sent a tweet to Morris Mugisha, the producer of NTV news, he has not yet replied. I take this as a deliberate effort by the regime to blackmail me and divert people,” he said.
The former presidential candidate later joined Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, and FDC stalwarts Wafula Oguttu and Wasswa Birigwa Sekyondwa for a meeting.