Former Presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye has decried the continuous terror of kidnapping and violation of people’s rights before and after the 2021 general elections.
Since the launch of presidential campaigns in November last year, the country has witnessed a number of kidnappings by both armed plain cloth men and security personnel traveling in Toyota Hiace commonly known as drones. Most of the victims have since not been arraigned before courts of law nor released on police bond.
According to Besigye, the victims are supporters of opposition political parties especially the National Unity Platform (NUP) working to take over leadership from president Museveni. “Citizens should get their sovereignty; citizens should have a right to choose who should lead them. Citizens should have the right to choose what is right or wrong.” he said.
“We have put on notice those who are terrorizing our citizens not only to stop but to also release those who are being held. Most of them have since passed on pile their bodies in the mortuary and later bury them in limbo,” he said.
Besigye said the 2021 elections confirmed that Uganda is under a military government that organizes elections to demonstrate that the country is a democratic country.
“We go to elections knowing that they won’t announce me. That is why I announced myself. We must consciously coordinate, think and work together to get rid of this problem. If people unite and decide what to do, it wouldn’t take two weeks with the regime still here. Our struggle is not a contestation of the office. The contestation is about Ugandans getting their rights back.” he said.
He called on the international community to stop extending loans to the government of Uganda noting that the borrowed funds are used to fund inhuman acts committed against Ugandans.
“Ministers are out there looking for who will lend us money. One day we shall resist and declares them odious because we don’t benefit from them instead they are used to keep Museveni in power,” he said.