KAMPALA, UGANDA: The People’s Front for Transition Chairman Dr Kizza Besigye has said that he is ready to meet President Museveni or his son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to allow a smooth transition of power.
The four-time presidential runner-up made the revelation on Tuesday while addressing journalists at his offices in Katonga, Kampala where he said that all the sectors in the country are in a deep crisis and promised political action to get those in power to act.
Besigye, who has not been in the country for several months due to health problems said that Gen Muhoozi will not cause any change if he becomes president because what Uganda deserves is not just a change of president but the whole system.
“The state we are dealing with is a collapsed state. Even the police that has always been chasing us don’t have fuel and paper to write on. We now need to focus on ending this state capture and have the sovereignty of this country in our hands,” Dr Besigye said.
The former FDC President said he was also saddened by the continued rallies organised by the First Son in different parts of the country, yet the opposition is barred from the same. To this effect, Besigye vowed to traverse the country soon after finalising talks with fellow opposition leaders.
“While I was away, nothing new happened, and everything that happened was not unexpected. The same situations are in just different manifestations,” he said.
Besigye further revealed that at the weekend, he met the National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders and that once their mobilisation is successful and the current “regime” leaves power, he will retire from politics.
“My personal decision is that once we bring down the regime that captured our state, I will not seek any leadership position myself. I will not accept any leadership position,” he said.
The veteran politician also spoke of the capture of the state and the deepening of the crises that Ugandans face today, “We are captive in the state of Uganda. And those that captured the state are embodied in the family of Mr Museveni.
“The population is not in control of wealth, and they expand their power and disempower the public. Ugandan financial institutions have crashed; if you leave out the struggling Centenary Bank, all other Ugandan banks crashed. They control the information and cloud it against the leading government,” he said.
On the arrest of ministers over the mismanagement of iron sheets meant for the Karachunas (youth warriors) in Karamoja Sub-region, Dr Besigye said the root cause of corruption must be dealt with starting from the institutions before going to individuals.
“People spend all their time talking about iron sheets. These are insignificant parts of the kind of robbery that is going on and the money that is being stolen. Of course the ministers could not be spared because they took the iron sheets which make a lot of noise,” he said.
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