Unlike the common song of tear gas and running battles between Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders, today the story was different.
Former presidential aspirant Dr Kiiza Besigye together with party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat, Obongi County Mp Hassan Fungaroo were accorded a brotherly welcome by the Uganda police officials in Moyo.
The trio were leading a team of FDC and People’s Government officials into Moyo district, crossing the Nile from Adjumani using Laropi Ferry.
FDC National Mobiliser Ingrid Turinawe, Adjumani Mayor Patrick Tandrupasi and others were part of the team that crossed the Nile to speak to hundreds of FDC grassroot leaders from Madi gathered in Moyo Town at the Catholic Social Multipurpose Centre.
according to Besigye Aid Ronald Muhinda, the grassroots leaders are being trained and sensitized on execution of non-violent struggle against president Museveni’s leadership.
Madi region leaders led by Hassan Fungaroo Kaps highlighted the importance of keeping grassroots leaders engaged and focussed; while Secretary for Mobilisation Ingrid Turinawe trained the leaders on tactics of non violent struggle.
FDC President Patrick Oboi Amuriat indicated he is committed to creating a vibrant, active and action oriented leadership at all levels and maintaining unity of the party members.
For his party, President Kizza Besigye said the struggle is about change of people’s way of life (well-being) and empower them to make conscious decisions to change leaders.
“When we come to politics, some people think our mission is to change leaders. I tell you what needs to change are the people themselves. Our struggle is to change your lives. When people change, the leaders must change”, Kizza Besigye said.
He emphasized that currently, Ugandans live like refugees in their own land, a situation he said must change.
“What we need to change is the refugee Ugandan to become an owner of Uganda! How do we transform from being slaves/refugees in our country to become Masters of our country?” Besigye asked.
Besigye stated that all Ugandans who want change must fight to ensure that “Museveni never gets back on the ballot because he falls short of qualifications to contest for presidency.”