Besigye Asks Museveni to Open Talks with Opposition

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Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye says that President Yoweri Museveni now feels so insecure because he does not have the peoples mandate to hold power. The insecurity, Besigye adds, drives Museveni into clinging onto power regardless of the cost.

Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has asked President Yoweri Museveni to open talks with political opposition in order to avert possible turbulence in Uganda.

Dr Besigye says that President Museveni now feels so insecure because he does not have the people's mandate to hold power. The insecurity, Besigye adds, drives Museveni into clinging onto power regardless of the cost.

The call follows several other attempts by members of the opposition to negotiate with government with a view of forging a way forward for Uganda and paving way for a peaceful transition. Besigye says that world over, when leaders err; they openly apologize and engage in dialogue with those that feel oppressed.

In the aftermath of the February 18 presidential election, several opposition leaders and diplomats fronted an idea of forming a unitary government as a way of resolving the impasse from the electoral process.  But reports quoting former presidential candidate Maj. Gen. Benon Biraro, stated that the president welcomed the idea for a dialogue but objected to a possible power sharing deal.

Besigye however says that Ugandans must remain defiant and continue to press leaders to hand over power peacefully adding that without dialogue, President Museveni is playing with a situation that can escalate to disorder in the near future.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says government is open for talks.  He however hastens to add that Uganda would be peaceful if Besigye had accepted defeat instead of claiming that he won the February 18 Presidential election.

Meanwhile, Besigye says he will use the defiance campaign to educate Ugandans about their rights to own land.  

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.