Uganda: Opposition Chief Vows to Swear in Own Gov’t in New Offensive Against Museveni

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye launched a new campaign against President Yoweri Museveni’s three decade rule, and vowed to swear in members of his ‘people’s government’.

He said they will set up the national and regional assemblies most especially in the districts where the 317 Members of Parliament who voted in favor of the constitution amendment to guarantee Museveni a life presidency hail.

The highly controversial bill passed with 315 votes for, 62 against and two abstentions, after three days of chaotic debates late last year.

“Real aspirations of Ugandans shall be discussed in these assemblies and the regime will go down,” Besigye told reporters in the capital Kampala.

He also called on Ugandans to boycott companies run and owned by members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

“We shall bring down this junta without throwing a stone,” he told journalists at his offices in Kampala.

Ugandan opposition seems to have compared notes with veteran Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga and the political opposition coalition, National Super Alliance (NASA).

NASA principles launched a nationwide campaign to build momentum for the swearing-in  Odinga and his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka on January 30. as the people’s resident on Monday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta won a repeat presidential election on Oct. 26 that was boycotted by Odinga, who said it would not be free and fair. The Supreme Court nullified the first presidential election, in August, over irregularities. Odinga had called for a “National Resistance Movement” after the victory which court upheld.

Citing article 1 of the constitution which gives all sovereign power to the Kenyan people, Odinga’s loyalists had exerted pressure on the 73-year-old to swear in as the “People’s President”.

“We now have a plan,” Odinga said as he announced the inauguration date. “It is not about carrying the Bible alone. We must have a plan after the Bible. We don’t want to be like Besigye, who took oath without a plan.”