Former Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye has asked the youth and the elite to join the struggle against the militarisation of politics in the country, saying it has caused power imbalance.
Speaking at a public lecture organised by Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi in Mpigi District on Wednesday, Dr Besigye said imbalance of power had frustrated efforts towards democratic transition through free and fair elections.
He said citizens and their leaders had been greatly disempowered.
“They are not allowed to organise or to assemble together to discuss the affairs of their country. They have no access to information and whenever they try to do so, they get arrested,” Dr Besigye said.
He made the remarks in response to Prof Albert Luswata of Uganda Martyrs, who wanted to know efforts made by the Opposition to attract the elite to join the struggle in the fight against bad governance.
Dr Besigye claimed the NRM government uses the nation’s weapons to silence the majority of citizens and deny them their right to demand for democratic change.
He urged Ugandans to mobilise themselves and be defiant to the bad acts of the police.