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Besigye denies meeting with Museveni for talks
Published on 7-08-2016 - at 03:33' by Daily Monitor

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) has dismissed reports of a meeting between him and President Museveni and ruled out personal talks with the President to settle their political hostility.

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) has dismissed reports of a meeting between him and President Museveni and ruled out personal talks with the President to settle their political hostility.

In a statement issued yesterday following speculative reports that the two political protagonists had met, Dr Besigye made it categorical that Uganda’s future is bigger than him and Mr Museveni.

“The entire leadership of FDC and I have consistently made it clear that there can’t be talks between Museveni and myself on the national political impasse. There is nothing personal between me and Mr Museveni that we would be talking about between the two of us,” Dr Besigye said in the statement.

He said any such talks must be in form of a “structured national dialogue” involving all the stakeholders in the country.
Dr Besigye called for a platform involving all the political players to discuss the country’s political future.

“Since 2011, all the political parties that were represented in Parliament agreed on the framework for such a dialogue. FDC and myself have maintained that, even now, that framework should remain the basis for any dialogue,” Dr Besigye said.

Mr Don Wanyama, the senior presidential press secretary, said he was not aware of any talks between the two leaders.
The Electoral Commission declared President Museveni winner of the February 18 presidential election with 60 per cent followed by Dr Besigye with 35 per cent.

However, the Opposition, especially Dr Besigye’s FDC party protested the results and there have been hostile confrontation between the State and the party leaders. Some of them, including Dr Besigye and Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka, have since been charged with treason or are facing diverse charges in court.

Dr Besigye and the FDC leadership maintain they won the election and have called for an independent audit of the results. The ruling NRM maintains the election was free and fair and have advised the Opposition to focus on winning the 2021 polls.

Since parting ways in 1999 after Dr Besigye authored a dossier critical of Mr Museveni’s government and his ruling party, the two former comrades in the Bush War have faced off in four elections. No talks between the two have been held about Uganda’s political future despite incessant calls for the dialogue from various stakeholders.

Dr Besigye was Mr Museveni personal doctor during the five-year Bush War in the Luweero Triangle that brought the current government to power in 1986.

In an interview with NBS TV on Wednesday, Dr Besigye’s wife and former Mbarara Municipality MP Winnie Byanyima also supported dialogue between the Opposition and government to take Uganda forward.

Meanwhile, Dr Besigye reiterated his rallying call to Ugandans to “intensify the struggle for the full control of our country and our national institutions”.

“We shall win by defiance and not compliance,” he reiterated his presidential election slogan.


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