Andrew Mwenda has described Kizza Besigye and the opposition in Uganda – corrupt, incompetent, intolerant, power hungry, shortsighted, irresponsible etc. Adding that in general they are very much like the NRM and President Museveni or even worse.
He says that those fighting to remove Museveni whether through elections or constitutional technicalities can delude themselves that they are the moral conscience of Uganda and even win over Uganda’s easily gullible elites. ‘‘They are a worse alternative.’’ He said.
Mwenda who has been described by the opposition as President Museveni’s ‘‘blue-eyed boy’’ says those fighting Museveni today like Kizza Besigye, were with him in Luwero fighting an elected government on false claims of election rigging, worked with him as he laid northern Uganda to waste and stood by him as he suppressed multiparty politics and crashed opposition rallies. They actively helped him remove constitutional obstacles that stood in the way of his continued presidency – the first time in 1989 done by none other than Besigye himself.
‘ ‘Having created what they now call a monster, they have turned around and present themselves as saviors. Well they can do that to easily gullible masses and our emotional elites, not me. Here is the real message of progressive change. Power cannot democratize itself. Those like Besigye seeking power to democratize Uganda are deluded power hungry maniacs’’.
Museveni is not the cause of Uganda’s problems
Mwenda urges that serious minded people do not oppose individuals but systems and practices. He explains that Museveni is not the cause of Uganda’s problems. He is a product and a reflection of our nation’s problems. We must address ourselves to our nation’s problems, not persons. That is the true message that speaks to the future Ugandans deserve.
‘ ‘The real campaign to change Uganda cannot seek power but rather will seek to create a self-limiting power. It must be rooted in society, not in the state. And it must be based on values and principles that clearly differentiate it from those in power. Using the limited power one has on social media to hurl insults and abuses on opponents is a clear sign that once given command of the state’s instruments of repression and coercion like the police, army and prisons, they would not hesitate to use them to silence dissent.’’ He says.