Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former leader Rtd Col Kiiza Bseigya has called on Members of Parliament to revive the move to impeach President Yoweri Museveni over what he claims is the President’s mismanagement of Uganda’s energy sector.
In a strongly worded dossier published by a local newspaper, that is likely to trigger off another Museveni-Besigye war of words, the former FDC strongman says the subversion and corruption evidenced in the energy sector demonstrates President Museveni and his government’s unpatriotic and deceitful behavior.
Besigye says he was forced to launch the attack following continuous ‘Misinformation and blame-game by Mr Museveni on Uganda’s chronic energy crisis’.
He says President Museveni’s government took advantage of the absence of opposition in parliament to fail the country’s energy sector saying “This colossal government failure occurred at a time when there was no political opposition in Parliament; when for most part, the president was the executive and speaker of parliament.”
He adds “The Ugandan people are, and will continue paying heavily for the mega scandals in the energy sector. This is clearly one of the most disempowering and impoverishing failures of the Museveni regime”.
Besigye says that as a result of the mismanagement of the sector, electricity prices have gone up levels unaffordable by most Ugandans and Lake Victoria water levels have fallen to alarming levels.
In order to deal with this, the former FDC president recommends a parliamentary institute a public inquiry t bring an end to corruption and ensure that all those found guilty be punished and that parliament should revive the impeachment proceedings against the president in accordance with Article 107 (a) and (b) of the constitution.
If legislators heed Besigye’s advice, it wont be the first time such a move has been attempted. Early Last year, opposition legislators led by Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto, and Rubaga South’s Ken Lukyamuzi, launched a campaign to impeach the president accusing Museveni of misusing his office, and abusing power by making decisions that have proved costly to Ugandans. The move flopped after the MPs failed to raise the required 125 signatures.
This is the second time Besigye has authored an article critiquing President Museveni’s administration. Early this year, he attacked the president over his son’s alleged ‘supersonic’ rise in military ranks. Brigadier Muhoozi Kainerugaba (President Museveni’s son is the commander of the Special Forces Command, an elite force in the army charged with providing security to the president).
This prompted the president to write a series of responses countering what he termed ‘Besigye’s lies’, defending his son’s military career.
The letter also shows the method Besigye has undertaken to keep up the pressure against his political nemesis. Besigye who is the president’s former physician fell out with his boss claiming the latter had veered of track.
What waits to be seen is how the president will respond to this latest attack by Besigye.