Ladies and gentlemen, I stand here to talk to you about three things. I love to talk about three things because even God gave us the Trinity- The father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
Before then however, I want to thank you for staying firm. I know it is very difficult to live and operate in our political environment where the dictator deliberately keeps you in opposition. You people here are veterans. I must thank you.
I know many of you are here for different reasons but I stand here to tell you that I want change. Change in this country has become a national question- because we need to change the system to reclaim power from the minority and return it to the majority. Those who exercise power must be the majority and not minority.
In Uganda’s case, it is family rule. It is not even about the minority but a family that controls state institutions. What happens in Uganda is unexplainable and unheard of. In civilised nations, nepotism is something alien. In the US, for example, President Elect Donald Trump cannot appoint his wife or relative to any public office even when they are highly qualified. It is the same practice in other democracies and civilised nations.
In Uganda, the “President” appoints his relatives and wife to manage public affairs even when they are least qualified. That is why we call Uganda a dictatorship. This is what I am fighting to change.
Secondly, we need to talk about the strategy of weakening and defeating the dictatorship. We may have tactics in a broader strategy but we need to agree on a strategy to achieve change.
Our strategy must not be to persuade Museveni to step down but we must struggle. Only the struggle and not persuasion will force Museveni out. We may, firstly, try to use guns to remove Mr. Museveni but we will remove a dictator and create WAR LORDS. The cycle will continue.
The next type is non-violence where everybody contributes. You will not have people claiming greater roles and responsibility for defeating a dictatorship. Non-violence calls for changing our people’s mindset to own the struggle; to understand that they must fight to cause political change. I am happy to state that people are beginning to realise that they are the real change agents.
A struggle cannot rely on the leader being good, it must be the people realising who is a good leader to lead them. The people are the only guarantors of good leadership. This therefore requires organisation.
Parties must organise because it is impossible to build a democracy without building organised and stable political parties. But in a struggle, you must have both leaders that operate overtly and covertly. This way you avoid situations where the dictator compromises leaders. A dictator is usually so powerful. You must have a lot of personal high discipline to survive being compromised. Therefore we must organise CREATIVELY.
The party needs offices and staffs- even when these staffs may be easily compromised but struggle needs people that are not visible- they operate secretly.
Thirdly, we need to take action. Action involves organised defiance activities across the country that paralyse the dictatorship. Non-cooperation is the biggest weapon against an entrenched dictator. You must not cooperate with a dictator.
Protest actions are also viable. We once organised noise protests and it worked. Protests are not only about street battles. We have numerous protest activities we can deploy.
Then lastly, we need to make interventions. These interventions must all be non-violent.
Role of Elections.
Elections organised by a dictator are not necessarily organised to hand over office even if they are defeated like Museveni was defeated. No dictator loves holding elections, they are forced to hold them. It is the only time we can try to use our limited freedom to engage and talk to people.
There is a claim that elections are over but we hold elections all the time. There are lower local council elections about to take place. The dictator is moving around the country campaigning but we are restricted from organising meetings for our party.
So elections are important to change people’s mindset and once we are organised like the people of Kasese, then we can force the dictator to surrender.
We won the election and we must regain our mandate the people of Uganda gave us. We shall struggle to reclaim our win and even if Mr. Museveni wants dialogue to negotiate his departure-there has been signs- we are willing to negotiate his retirement.
Once we have defeated this dictatorship, I will go raise my legs into retirement until God calls me home.
Message by Kizza Besigye address to Elgon FDC delegates in Mbale.
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December 19, 2016 8:35 PM