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Besigye speech in UK that left listeners in tears

by James Ateenyi

Former Forum for Democratic Change president Dr Kizza Besigye has on Wednesday made a powerful speech to the Oxford Union at the University of Oxford in the UK where he narrated his personal sacrifice to Uganda’s liberation struggles.

The four times presidential candidate told the congregation how freedom of speech and lack of democracy in Uganda have negatively affected the democratic efforts in the country.

The Peoples Government president further reminded the listeners of his plans to empower the population once he takeover power from president Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for the last 33 years.

Here is summary of Besigye speech

“I ’ve been shot and injured, lived in exile and my brother has died in the process. Being a perennial political opponent in Uganda has taken its toll.

Power did not shift from colonials to the people of Uganda, but it shifted to some new kings and new sovereigns; people often look back favorably on colonial times, as there was more order. No leader has been displaced peacefully and elections are a facade.

Our primary focus is empowering people with knowledge, so they can demand accountability. Changes in leadership should be driven by the people, there must be mechanisms that ensure a leader acts in an accountable way. This is the biggest area we aim to overcome.”.

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