Kizza Besigye, Uganda’s powerful opposition leader maintains that his longtime nemesis is using COVID-19 pandemic for his partisan illegitimate interests.
Besigye’s revelation stemmed from Parliament’s motion in which majority MPs spent the better part of Tuesday plenary heaping praises on President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s stellar leadership during COVID-19 crisis.
But to Besigye, the movers of the motion are usual suspects whom the NRM Chairman has anointed to become part of his illegitimate plans.
“It is why he is seeking to eliminate everybody else except himself and whomever he anoints to become part of his illegitimate plans,” Besigye said while addressing his supporters via Facebook.
Besigye a professional doctor, who during the NRA liberation war treated Museveni as a personal physician criticized his former boss on how he has managed the crisis.
“You don’t manage National disasters like Mr. Museveni has handled Covid-19. National disasters must be managed in an all inclusive manner as possible.”
Museveni’s aim, Besigye believes is take all the credit, “and eventually starting to blow his own trumpet,” he said.
But Museveni dispelled this narrative as “rubbish” and “idiots” to whoever thinks the same.
He wondered why he would wish to have this disease so that he scores political capital.
While responding to this same question in an interview with NBS on Monday, Museveni said that such mentality is “idiocy” because the pandemic has destroyed a lot more things including the economy.
Besigye has told Ugandans to focus on what helps them to survive at the moment in the absence of the state and how they will feed and send their children to school later in the year.
“Children are locked up at home with their parents who are not working. How will they go back to school? Where will parents get money to pay fees? Some lessons are conducted on TV, but what about parents who don’t have TVs or haven’t paid subscription fees, their children are locked out of education now. Without TV, children are locked out,” Besigye advised.
He concluded that, “these are issues we should be discussing as Ugandans not an attempt at some kind of masturbation exercise in Parliament Ugandans should ignore that motion.”