Monday March 31 2014

Besigye to Museveni allies: Follow Ms Mbabazi’s example

By Solomon Arinaitwe

President Museveni will land in “hot soup” if people around him do not follow the precedent set by Ms Jacqueline Mbabazi in telling him that he has “crossed the boundary of reason”, the former FDC president, Dr Kizza Besigye, has warned.

Reacting to an interview published in this newspaper last week in which Ms Mbabazi accused the police chief, Gen Kale Kayihura, of abusing the force by littering it with “lumpens” and using it to fight partisan wars, Dr Besigye warned that there are many NRM faithful who share similar sentiments with their Women’s league chairperson.

“What will land Museveni in a lot of hot soup is because of the silence of what he thinks are his supporters [who are] not telling him that he has crossed the boundary of what is normal and reasonable,” Dr Besigye said at a press briefing in Najjanakumbi yesterday.

“She is not talking just for just herself but for very many voices which have been crushed by the system,” he added.
The Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s wife singled out the 2011 attack on Dr Besigye that left him partially blind and the recent arrests of NRM youth leaders opposed to Mr Museveni’s 2016 sole candidature as some of the excesses orchestrated by Gen Kayihura in the police.

But in an email response to the Daily Monitor, the General insisted his actions are guided by the law.
DP president Norbert Mao, who also attended the briefing said: “Amama and his wife thought they were safe in a cabin that is in a sinking ship but they looked outside the window and realised that they are not safe.”