New Vision (Kampala)

9 February 2006

Uganda: 'Uganda's Problem Not Military'

Kampala — FDC presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye has said the country's problem is not military but political.

"The problems facing Ugandans are political and not military. Wars may end but the people may continue living in misery because of the poor leadership," Besigye said on Tuesday while addressing a huge rally at Boma Grounds in Bundibugyo.

He said President Yoweri Museveni should not intimidate people with display of guns. "It is like he has forgotten that to come to power he defeated enemies who had powerful guns," Besigye said.

FDC western region coordinator Christopher Kibazanga and party flag bearers for parliamentary seats Cissy Semuwemba and John Tumusabe attended the rally.

On his way to Bundibugyo, Besigye addressed mini-rallies in Ntandi and Karugutu.

After the main rally at Boma grounds, Besigye held another rally at Nyahuka, a major town about 15km on the outskirts of Bundibugyo, where crowds waited for him.

At all rallies, Besigye people had continued living in absolute poverty courtesy of President Museveni and a few people who benefited from his government.

"You have continued being promised electricity and the construction of your road for the past 20 years under President Museveni's leadership. Even if you do not vote for me I would not wish you to continue supporting his government and he becomes your President again," he said.

He said FDC would solve people's problems to avoid repeating the mistakes of the Movement government.

He pledged to rehabilitate areas that were affected by wars, including Bundibugyo and the northern region.

"I assure you when I become the President, all your problems will be looked into," Besigye said, adding that the next time he visits the district it would be a working visit.

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