People’s Development Party (PDP) boss Pastor Dr. Abed Bwanika has asked Rt. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye Kifeefe to pave way for the new energetic opposition leaders in the struggle to defeat Uganda’s president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Dr. Bwanika impugned Besigye’s continuous interest to contest with Mr. Museveni for the fifth time in a row, without registering positive outcome in the previous elections which col. Besigye has participated.
Bwanika said it is imperative for Dr. Besigye to accept the raising of new opposition leaders and lead the struggle from him. “Some elements in FDC must come to terms with the fact that there is a new element on the scene and that is People Power.
They should also accept that there is a new player called Bobi Wine.” Dr. Bwanika said. “Besigye has been the de facto leader of the opposition for the last 20 years. Currently, the people of Uganda do not believe that Besigye should be the de facto leader.
I think the emerging leader of the opposition is Bobi Wine. Besigye has done his part, he should give space for other people to emerge especially if he means well for the opposition.
If there is someone who can lead us in this dispensation, let us come up and support that person.” Bwanika bluntly stated. However, Dr. Besigye said he is willing to work with anybody in opposition who is struggling to bring change.
Besigye was skeptical of those calling for his early retirement, saying that their intentions are not clear. “What is the intention of those calling for my early retirement?
Pastor Abed Bwanika has been contesting President Museveni too in those elections, I have never attacked him, or ask him why he is contesting.” Besigye said.
The struggle of who should lead the opposition in a historical 2021 general elections in Uganda has taken a new twist, as youth claiming to be People Power supporters on Saturday 2nd, March 2019 attacked Dr. Besigye calling for his retirement and to back the young politician Kyadondo East MP hon. Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine.
It is yet to early to determine whether opposition groups will merge together to face of president Museveni come 2021, as each group leaders continue to pontificate on the winning strategy.