Former presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye, has urged Muslim leaders (Imams) to continue the fight of liberating the nation noting that Muslims are among the oppressed in the country.
“The truth is that Muslims have suffered a lot in this country because President Museveni is fighting hard to maintain power. He does not want people to unite. He is trying all possible ways to divide us,” he said.
He urged the Imams not to give up the fight aimed at freeing the people of Uganda from what he termed as “captivity” and to promote democracy.
“The struggle we are engaged in, is the struggle for justice, for fairness for good government, good government is fairness and just government where the country serves us equally not serving few people,” he said.
Besigye made the comments while meeting the imams of Rubaga division under the Association of Rubaga Division Imams Association for Development on Tuesday.
He noted that many people across the country are wallowing in the humiliating poverty yet there is a group of people in the country with money and don’t know what to do with it.
“We want to build confidence, self esteem in the people of Uganda, the kind of liberation we want is not for the office but for the people of Uganda so that everyone is free and can decide for his or her country,”he said.
He noted that Ugandans are in the situation where the person in charge of the country is now a giver, looks around giving to those he wants to give yet the country has 40% of children who are malnourished, stunted and they can only be saved by equal distribution of opportunities and resources.
“In our country only one person is having power and that’s is President Museveni. When we talk of power and who is having power in Uganda, power means wealth, decision making, there is unfairness in this country and it is our duty to fight for justice,” he said.
He urged Imams not to only look at the ballot as a solution to dislodging President Museveni but devise all the possible means to see that President Museveni is out office before 2021.
“Don’t expect that President Museveni will leave power peacefully. He will do whatever it takes to maintain power, no matter how many people are dying in the country. He will maintain power,” he said.