By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Four-time presidential aspirant and founder of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Rtd. Col. Dr Kizza Besigye is still very much involved in the struggle to push Museveni out of the presidency, who has been in power for over 35 years, having taken over in 1986.
While giving his comments on a number of issues on NTV’s On the Spot show last night, the professionally trained medical doctor and now veteran opposition politician, said that he is open to having a dialogue with the incumbent on how best he can transfer power to another leader.
However, Besigye set the conditions that should form the basis of the dialogue, and one of them is that it should discuss the transfer of power from gun rule to people’s rule. In his view, there needs to be fundamental reforms in different sections of governance in the country.
“The dialogue should be about constitutional reforms that include land reforms. Buganda has been bitter with this government because from the onset, Buganda has been calling for federalism and as we move forward, other regions are realising that they would like to have this system,” Besigye said.
Other reforms that should be dialogued about are institutional, how to have free and fair elections, and the need to reconcile the country. Besigye said that the country needs to heal from the massacres and abductions that have been going on in different parts of the country over time.
“We are a country that has a lot of wounds, there have been massacres in different parts of the country; the central region, the north, east, among others,” Besigye explained.
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