FULL SPEECH: Besigye Deplores Excessive Govt Expenditure In Explosive London Address
Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye has attacked the Ugandan government over what he terms unnecessary expenditure.
He made these remarks while addressing Ugandans living in London on Saturday in which he also insisted that he won the February 18 presidential elections.
Below is his speech
Winnie was in Parliament before me. For the short time Winnie was away I was in prison 7 times.
It is from her that I have learnt. One cannot have a strong and reliable partner in this struggle.
I would like to thank immensely the people that are living out here. Working under difficult circumstances and are making all means possible to make Uganda better. Thank you for that commitment to your country.
I would like to thank all of you that have made a lot of sacrifices.
It has been a long struggle. Many people are happy to celebrate when there’s success. However, when there’s no success many shy away. I would like to thank many of you for standing up and contributing as much as you have for our country including in the last elections.
We went into the last elections in rather a disorganised fashion. We went through turns and twists. Our opponent is an entrenched dictator as described. In the last election we received alot of support from all of you in the diaspora.
Please do not pity me. I am one of the lucky ones. Many of our colleagues left this life long time ago. They died of wanting to have a better Uganda. I cannot complain too much when I am here.
It is an error to pity myself.
My remarks will be limited. I will focus on what we are dealing with and how we can get out of the hole in which we are.
Countries work and serve for those who have power. If you have no power you will not be served. unfortunately in our country the bitter truth is that we live in a country where we have no power. Power belongs to very few people.
This has not just happened because of Museveni. He found them there. Collectively as a country, as Ugandans we lost our power to the British with the force of arms. They came with gun powder. Some of our ancestors put a resistence. We ceased to be citizens of our villages but subjects of England. That situation has not changed till today. We are still under those with guns.
This is why the gun is resident. To take away power from these guns you use guns. The control of the country of resources is in the hands of the very few that control those guns.
My wife and I when we went to the bush we thought there could be bad and good guns. We have all realised that we were wrong. The control of guns is through a disciplined system of orders which come from the top.
When you hear people beaten on the streeets you will hear that they were under orders and the control of guns is under one person from above.
During war the civil institutions, communities are further weakened because they are displaced. The social institutions, clan system break down. In Acholi this has happened as there’s a break down of the community system.
Once war has ended there’s a community that is very weak and cannot check the powerful few that have the guns. Although in the war we thought that there were good and bad guns. Those fighting are also wanting to get the same title as those of the few.
Sitting at the fire place in the bush I would hear some of my colleagues saying that I want to drive that vehicle like the other one whom we are fighting is driving.
One came to me as well he said things seem to be working out and the only thing i want to be is a market master of Owino.
Even the young activists are saying that those malls that they are building will be ours some day.
Many of the people you find that those fighting have been eliminated so they are fighting not because of well intentioned ideas.
After revolutions you hear of coups because people’s needs have not been met. We have power in a few hands and still in a few hands. Countries serve those who have power. If you have no power, your daughter goes to the bush to deliver yet those with power go to Germany.
Money, resources go to those who have power because they control decision making in the country. Do not think you have a Parliament in Uganda.
inspite of the crisis in the country, they are arguing of getting 150m to buy a car. I saw Kato Lubwama “Katemba”. He was elected, thanks to efforts of some of us. he said that those who are feeling jealous can go hang themselves.
Kato Lubwama was elected with nothing. The others get those seats bought. They use like 300Million, use those with kiboko. Seats are procured by the dictator himself. He gives them seats to serve him not people.
The 9th Parliament made very important resolution on oil. Next day they were put on buses to Kyankwanzi and put UPDF uniform. They make them run around. Later they bring them to Parliament and changed all the resolutions they made last week.
The police cannot be a people’s police if they are beating up people. People run away from them. The EC is a walking stick of M7. Institutions serve those who have power.
The good people who are there serve those with power. They tell me whenever i go to the prison that you know we support you but we have to put food on the table.
once you have this situation those with power rule. Our mission is not just about removing M7. How we remove him matters. we must remove the control by guns.
If we wanted to use guns it is not difficult. Many in the forces are with us. This is no longer debatable. In the last election where Military voted we won very well.
M7 started the war with 27 guns and it shows it is not the guns it is the people. If we wanted to take that course we would and win.
Many ask me assure us that you will be different from Museveni.
My MP in my area was confronted why he was not implementing the policies.
At the time of squeezing the bananas not many people come. When one is at the time of collecting the beer the language changes. This MP was saying like that.
The critical thing that we have to address is how these institutions revert to the majority.
The role of elections:
If the dictator controls decision making. Do you think it is realistic expectation that a dictator organises an election to remove him? it is not. Even when we go to the elections you must understand this.
To change this control we are going to need three things. the majority of the people that we want to have the power must themselves know that they do not have the power. Some of them do not know this. When slave trade was being abolished some slaves resisted. Our people have lived with out power for generations now. They think indeed that a leader is their master.
You see them kneeling and clapping…wangala..because he has given them something. Now people treat M7 as a giver.
M7 did not have any property. No money. All the money he has is from those kneeling before him, clapping. when he gives they feel so blessed.
We need to deal with the people’s understanding of the powerlessness, do not complain that you do not have jobs because you will never get it because you do not have power.
What guarantees good governance is the knowledge and assertiveness of the people. You lead knowing that you have masters. If you hire a domestic servant and you have no power over that person. will they work for you?
We have to recover our people’s minds from being masters of the Queen of England.
We must now become citizens and take our responsibilities. Leaders are servants. We must change. If you hire besigye you are hiring a servant. If he does not serve you fire him. M7 says that the ministers are the problem. That is where it starts, recoving our minds and gaining control of our institutions. We must have people’s institutions.
The second thing is to organise. People use guns to take on govts is because they are organised. When we were in the bush we were very few. Our strength was not the guns but the people. People would not talk. if Lutamaguzi had said M7 was under my hut, history would have been different.
When we were in the bush, we had local councils. The LC1 knows who is who on the village. We need to organise for actions. Organise to struggle. The dictator will not go without a push. That is why we said that we shall win by defiance. We won convincingly. That is how we won everything in Kasese. People remained at the polls untill the results were fully announced. You can only win by defiance. This is where everybody comes in.
Once you link up you can sign each other responsibilities. That is why we had P10. If we wanted to the embassy here just texting one of the leaders of the 10 we get 1000 members.
Lastly, defiance actions. It is a struggle like that in the bush. It has dangers. People are going to be killed. This time you are not the one using violence. It is so powerful. You have seen traders in Kampala close their shops, They become cautious that they cannot fight this. They say together that lets challenge this then they organise together and say that from Monday no opening shops. Who will the police teargas. It took three days and the Govt was on its knees.
Defiance are actions of citizens of those who are not using violence. there are three main types of actions. demonstations, taking active dissatification thtough marches, public demonstantration. Two, non, cooperative demonstrations. You are the one that gives power to any leader. If I said please stand up and you do not then it means i have no power. Obedience is the source of power we give. You can withhold it. You can refuse to cooperate. If we all say lets not take any more food to Kampala. What will happen. Can he last a week.
The other day he dismissed health workers and brought soldiers.
Lastly, you have raids of people. Occupation. if it is what people want we can invite every one then we can invite everyone to all come and occupy Parliament. Parliament is a representative organ and if it is not representing us well we can occupy it and represent ourselves.
I can assure that well organised struggle can never fail. More critically, if we organise this time and make sure that those with guns realise that their guns are nothing then no body will ever again use guns to dominate us. They will become surbodinates of people.
The Commander in Chief does not need to be a soldier because the command is of the people. Now you can see that whenever M7 is in trouble he puts on his uniform and very soon we shall show him that his uniform is worthless in terms of controlling power.
In the last election we said that we shall win by defiance and i have not seen the kind of energy and involvement of our people. It is an election where we used less money. M7 said to have spent 800 billion and that was understated. A lot that they spent is as Govt. In 2011 he spent 2trillion.
The message of regaining people’s power has been appreciated. People were saying here it is. Some things were emotional. I was in Pader. A woman kept pulling me..she untied the sash, inside she untied another she pulled out 500 shillings and she spat on it her saliva she handed over the coin to me. That tells you that lady is willing to part everything she had.
This was in the whole country. M7 can say he is the legal president and people tell him no way you are not.
Of course I was imprisoned on the 19th February, I did not come out untill July. They barracked my compound. They think they have forces but…hehe
The reason they behaved like that. They broke the door. they took over the head quarter they arrested our candidates. They did this because the truth had come to them in spite of the cheating.
We have evidence. I told them in court to stop investigating i can tell you here that I won. If it is treason you now have the evidence. If you win you form cabinet. I said this in court. We have evidence that we won by over 52%. We have all this evidence. We did not have the opportunity to go to court. The election is concluded when those who are not satisfied with the results petition.
Every candidate has that right. Museveni is not validly elected. Since he has taken me to court on treason then lets wait what happens. There is no doubt that he did not win.
This is not something that we were surprised with.
The population has remained defiant. M7 now must close roads when he has a visitor as he now sees the public is the enemy. That is why you saw him run away from his car to make a telephone call. He cannot trust his own car.
We believe that we were legitimately elected and the struggle before us is to defend the people’s will. Mr. Museveni has done everything to show that 2016 is done that we look to the gimmicks of 2021. Nothing will change. in 2021.
The whole talk of age limits is now focusing people on what happens in 2021. We do not care what his age is. He lost an election and he just have get out of the office. Whatever his age is he must sort out from his village.
We must not lose the momentum to assert the people’s will. Getting people to understand the need to understand what is at stake, organising and action.
This cannot be a partisan struggle. The divide is very clear. Those that want to regain their country and their institution and those who do not. You just have to choose which side of the divide you are. This is not the time to fly the colours. Let us all build one front. Once we have done that we will need to have a transitional process. Once we regain power over the country we must have have a transitional process that deals with three things. We must have a constitutional review process. I was poking my friend Betty Kamya. She has fought all these years that the main problem is concentrating the power in one person. When I saw here putting on the updf uniform i was intrigued.
We must formally restructure the constitution including land. If we are not careful this will cause real problems as this is the only thing that people are hanging on.
We shall remodel the state institutions so that they reflect the will of the people.
Lastly amongst the cardinal elements is having free and fair elections.
People need to organise themselves in their own respective parties.
This non partisan struggle is crystallizing now. We have a people’s cabinet. A non partisan cabinet.
This time they did not steal the election it was a straight forward coup.
We are having conversations to smoothen ourselves too so that we move as one. And if we all pull together the regime of Museveni is finished. Even before we push the economy is finished. M7 has been reckless on regime survival. In every village there’s a VISO: village intelligent security officer.
We have two ministers for KLA. We have a city mayor, we have the RCC, he is also there in charge of KLA. he has 5 deputies within Kla. All eating alot of money. This is a crisis of the dictatorship. He has been doing this knowing that it is dangerous. He knows this …he was hoping that he was going to get money for oil. unfortunately for him it has remained in the ground when he is about reach it goes the other way.
This year we have a budget of 27, they hope to raise 13, we are no longer even credit worthy. Now in Kla there are money lenders. These are sharks. They lend at 20% per month. And if you are against the wall you say it is all dying.
Now the Gov is also borrowing from money lenders. That is why you hear people are not being paid salaries. There’s an economic crisis now that affects everybody.
The population has remained defiant. If we do what we need to do the dictatorship can collapse any time.
As Winnie told you, some of us are not going to relax, we are going to push without any hesitation. The danger has been that when the leaders are all not moving with the same kind of zeal, assertiveness, it exposes those who are. They are seen as the problem of the dictatorship. That is why it is important that in this final phase all of us should stand up.
Initially when we started the campaign against M7, you would wave at them and they first look around.
Brothers and sisters you have been everywhere and it is not an exaggeration that Uganda is the most endowed. In 2016 our people should not be with jiggers, nodding disease. In the last election i was calling them NRM diseases. Hepatisis B is wiping our people.
Change is coming keep it up.