By Richard Akandwanaho
The Vice Chairperson of Kick Corruption out of Uganda Rev Fr Gaetano Batanyenda has said that the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party should immediately find Dr Kiiza Besigye’s replacement as the party flag bearer in the 2021 General Election if they are to show a difference from the ruling NRM party leadership.
Fr Batanyenda made the observation last evening speaking during a press conference at Kick Corruption out of Uganda offices in Kirigime ward Southern Division Kabale municipality.
The four-time presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, recently flatly turned down his party’s plea to carry the party’s flag again in the 2021 General Election. Dr Besigye, who has challenged President Museveni for the country’s presidency in the last four elections since 2001, and has on each occasion accused the President of rigging the elections.
He has gone to the Supreme Court two times in 2001 and 2006 and on both occasions the judges unanimously confirmed there was widespread rigging but on a split decision of 5:2 and 4:3 respectively, the majority judges ruled that the vote stealing was not substantial as to reverse the final result.
Dr Besigye’s decision to not contest in the 2021 presidential race has left the FDC looking for who will carry the party’s flag.
The party has already twice postponed nominations of its presidential aspirants with the hope that Dr Besigye would change his mind and pick the nomination forms. Appearing on NTV’s On the Spot political talk show last week, Dr Besigye refused to answer the question on whether he would contest in 2021. He insisted several times that it was a wrong question. He said no election will remove President Museveni.
However, speaking yesterday, Fr Batanyenda said that the opposition especially the FDC party has always been condemning Museveni’s over stay on power adding that it makes no difference if Dr Kiiza Besigye remains the only FDC flag bearer. He added that Dr Besigye needs to retire and the FDC party fronts another candidate to challenge the NRM regime to realise the importance of finding Museveni’s successor.