Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Besigye asks opposition to unite and take power

The Inter- Party Cooperation presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, has called for unity among the political opposition parties if they want to dislodge the ruling NRM from power.

While addressing a rally at Boma Ground in Kitgum at the weekend, Dr Besigye said unity will enable them to speak with one voice in quest for votes to bring change.

Dr Besigye urged voters to be the rightful engine to drive for change through a vibrant leader like him. “Be wise to elect a leader who will bring the desired change,” he said. If elected to office, Dr Besigye said, his priority would be to reconstruct the north which has lagged behind in development.

The Uganda Peoples Congress Party presidential candidate, Mr Olara Otunnu, withdrew from the IPC citing failure by the Forum for Democratic Change party to follow principles. Mr Norbert Mao’s Democratic Party also did not buy into the idea of a political coalition.

Mr Otunnu said the FDC and other opposition political parties like the Conservative Party and the Social Democratic Party, had not kept the promise to dislodge the Electoral Commission headed by Dr Badru Kiggundu.

On his visit to St. Joseph Hospital Kitgum, Dr Besigye handed over food items like sugar, bread and soap worth about Shs600,000 to patients.

While witnessing the handover, Kitgum Hospital Medical Superintendent Alex Layoo thanked Besigye for his generosity. “This donation does not mean we are partisan, we welcome anybody who wants to help our community,” Dr Layoo said.

While addressing a rally in Kaabong last Friday, the IPC presidential flag bear said if he wins the election, he would get another team to help the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee to re-audit Chogm and Global Fund money which he says has been mismanaged by President Museveni’s friends.

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He said this money would have helped the country fund priority areas like health, education, transport and agriculture.

“This is a clear sign of segregation, you don’t arrest people because they are your in-laws, friends and yet they have committed crimes but you only order arrests of those who commit crimes and not related to you,” he said.

Dr Besigye, who is contesting for the highest office in the land for the third time, will be in Gulu District on Thursday.

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