Besigye’s 20-year tenure in Opposition

Talk. Former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye addresses the media at Katonga Road in Kampala recently. He backed a proposal of fronting a single Opposition candidate for the 2021 General Election. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

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Milestone. The most enduring fighter against President Museveni’s government first went public 20 years ago this year. Isaac Mufumba delves into the whats, whys, ifs and buts of his epic journey.

It is 20 years since Col Dr Kizza Besigye penned the famous paper “An Insider’s View of How the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Lost the Broad Base”.
President Museveni’s response to the release of the document, in which Dr Besigye concluded that the Movement had lost its way, was that Dr Besigye would be court martialled for airing out his views in a wrong forum.
Until then, dissent and independent thought had been successfully curtailed, with Gen David Tinyefuza, now David Sejusa, who during the Constituent Assembly tried to oppose automatic extension of the Movement for another five years, left humiliated and forced to apologise and retract his comments during a meeting of the Movement Caucus.

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