As Uganda marked her 53rd Independence Day on Friday last week, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential aspirant Dr. Kizza Besigye said that due to the current state of the nation; the independent Uganda is an embarrassment and a humiliation to Ugandans.
Addressing media at Katonga road last week on Thursday, Besigye noted that the current government has not empowered its nationals and they lack basic social amenities
“The Independent Uganda is an embarrassment and a humiliation to Ugandans. Ugandans are powerless, lack basic social amenities, poor, less educated and lack skills to engage in production. They lack control over their taxes and expenditures and natural resources,” he said.
Besigye criticised legislators for passing altering electoral laws in the middle of elections arguing that this is a deliberate attempt by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and Electoral Commission to bar Ugandans from offering themselves for leadership.
“How can Parliament of educated people pass electoral laws in the middle of an election? There is a deliberate attempt by the NRM junta and EC to exclude Ugandans from offering leadership by increasing nomination fees?” he queried.
Adding; “When will a poorly paid teacher whose salary is arrears be able to raise 3m for nomination? How will unemployed youth raise 3m to get nominated? And shockingly most of those MPs joined Parliament as teachers.”
He castigated Electoral Commission’s extension of nomination dates as a sign of giving in the current government, which he believes is not ready for election. “The Electoral Commission is clearly an extension of the NRM military Junta. They extended the nomination dates because NRM was not ready. They even nominated Museveni before he could be voted by the NRM delegates’ conference.”