KAMPALA, UGANDA: Four time presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has denied signing any cooperation agreement with National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine as recently reported by the media.
On Monday afternoon, the news reported that Besigye who currently leads the People’s Front for Transition (PFT), Bobi Wine of NUP, Asuman Basalirwa of Justice Forum (Jeema), and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had signed a cooperation agreement at Hotel Africana in Kampala with a major aim of ousting President Museveni from power.
It was reported that the deal was meant to ensure that the opposition put their efforts together in elections and byelections, with the view of blocking alleged vote rigging by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), and consequently remove Museveni’s government from power.
However, while appearing on NBS Morning Breeze on Wednesday morning, Dr. Kizza Besigye denied signing a cooperation agreement with Bobi Wine and other opposition leaders and ridiculed the media for false reporting.
He accused the media of failing to factually report on the engagement between him and other change-seeking forces.
The former FDC president clarified that Monday’s afternoon meeting was just a joint statement on the electoral malpractices in recent byelections and not an agreement as the media reported.
“We have a lot of media misrepresentation. Frankly, you people in the media need to style up and give your audience factual information. We made a joint statement on the state of elections and our country. We didn’t sign any agreement,” Besigye said on Wednesday morning.
In the most recent by-election, members of the National Unity Platform and the Forum for Democratic Change teamed together to support Attan Moses of the FDC on the final day of the campaign, highlighting the need for the opposition to unite and unseat President Museveni. However, their candidate didn’t benefit from their last-minute pitch.