Opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has described efforts for an opposition alliance ahead of the 2021 general elections as “hard” but said he and Bobi Wine have common plan on beating President Yoweri Museveni.
Last month, Besigye of People’s Government and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of People Power joined hands for the ‘No, Nedda’ campaign.
Besigye later clarified his alliance with Bobi Wine had nothing to do with the 2021 presidential election.
With local council, parliamentary and presidential elections months away, some have been rooting for a joint opposition candidate.
Some hope that an alliance of Besigye, the four-time presidential candidate, and Bobi Wine, a new kid on the political block, could defeat President Yoweri Museveni.
In power since 1986, Museveni is his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party’s sole candidate.
According to Besigye, attempts to bring together members of the political opposition in recent months have been difficult.
“We have gone through many processes of bringing all opposition political parties together but it’s so hard; it’s a nightmare,” he told MorningatNTV on July 14.
Besigye said he understood FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda’s frustration with the process of political opposition coalitions.
On July 13, Ssemujju said he would not give Ugandans false hope of an alliance. He further told Bobi Wine’s People Power and Muntu’s ANT to join FDC if they are interested in opposition unity.
“The task of bring together these formations is not an entirely easy one. Nganda is right, it is a nightmare. What Nganda is saying is advised by where we have passed,” Besigye said.
“But what should not be missed is the critical importance of coming together. Nobody should lose an opportunity at working ourselves out flat to unite. It is absolutely critical in the struggle.”
Besigye insisted he and Bobi Wine had no disagreement on ways of taking over power from Museveni who has ruled Uganda for almost 35 years, although an opposition alliance still remained elusive.
“On the issue of taking over power, we are in complete agreement with Kyagulanyi on how this can be achieved,” Besigye said.