By Gad Masereka
Kampala, Uganda – January 16, 2024
In an unprecedented gathering of opposition leaders, the People’s Government President, Dr. Kiiza Besigye, National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, and newly appointed leader of the opposition in Parliament, Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi, joined hands with seasoned politician Salam Musumba at Katonga Road to address the nation. The leaders emphasized a united front against what they collectively described as a dire situation in Uganda.
Dr. Kiiza Besigye’s Call for Unity and Change
Dr. Besigye, known for his longstanding opposition to the government, started the event by expressing gratitude to President Robert and commending the heroes among them. He recounted Uganda’s history, emphasizing the people’s lack of power despite institutions of the state. He criticized attacks on representatives in Parliament, the capture of state institutions, and the Electoral Commission’s inability to conduct fair elections.
“We must unite and remain united. Unify with every sense, suffering as your brother,” Dr. Besigye urged. He called for solidarity and shared responsibility among citizens, regardless of regional or political differences. The veteran politician highlighted the need to isolate and exclude those in power by withdrawing recognition and support.
Announcing a plan for sustained efforts towards liberation, Dr. Besigye set specific targets for the coming years. He called on activists and citizens to channel their determination into tangible actions for the future transformation of the country.
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s Rally for Constitutional Duty
Addressing the crowd, popularly known as Bobi Wine, Kyagulanyi criticized the recent appointment of students to adjudicate elections and lamented the disruptions caused by the non-aligned movement summit. He called on Ugandans to rise up and use every means, even constitutionally acceptable ones, to restore rule.
“We believe in non-violence. Therefore, we are only calling for positional means,” Kyagulanyi asserted. He urged Ugandans to reject the dictatorship and called out international leaders for participating in events hosted by an “illegitimate leader.”
Kyagulanyi concluded by calling for a united front among Ugandans to bring about the change they desire.
Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi’s Plea for People’s Involvement
As the new leader of the opposition in Parliament, Ssenyonyi emphasized the importance of recording voices against legislative decisions. He acknowledged the duty of leaders to play their part but called on the people of Uganda to rise up and play theirs. Ssenyonyi urged Ugandans, regardless of their status, to actively participate in shaping the future of the country.
Salam Musumba’s Call for Change and Female Leadership
Salam Musumba took the stage to address the threatened future she sees and the need for organized change. As a woman, she spoke of the failed administrations and expressed her hope for a change that is both impactful and organized. Musumba urged women to lead and emphasized that change is inevitable but should be approached with a sense of duty and organization.
The leaders jointly called for a united and organized effort from the people of Uganda to bring about the change they all envision. The event at Katonga Road marked a significant moment in opposition collaboration, and The Spy Uganda will continue to follow developments and reactions to this unprecedented gathering of political figures.