People Power in talks with Besigye’s Camp

Opposition political parties are making sure they plan and layout strategies to oust president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

People’s government led by Dr Kizza Besigye, the four-time presidential candidate and former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, are planning to work together with the People Power Movement led by the Kyadondo East Legislator, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine.

Joel Ssenyonyi, the People Power spokesperson and Betty Nanbooze spokesperson People’s Government, said that after an earlier agreement by the two camps, the fresh talks will help strengthen their relationship as they move forward to oust president Museveni.

People Power’s Joel Ssenyonyi, People Power spokesperson and People’s Government spokesperson, Betty Nambooze confirmed the new development.

“People ask us will you have a joint candidate and all these things, this is stuff we are talking about, but most importantly we first engage and for starters make sure that there’s no tension,” Ssenyonyi said.

“The two principles are committed to creating harmony and stronger working relationship among various forces of change,” Nambooze said.

The two parties are represented by six (6) member delegates in a closed-door negotiation that kicked off already.

In the 2016 general elections, joint candidature failed. Now the two groups say these early negotiations will earn them result in 2021.

“So we keep meeting as teams to keep bonding, such that when time comes and we say that is it time for us to get a joint presidential candidate, is it possible for us to have joint candidates for MP level, local council and so on, it becomes easier to answer that question when you are discussing with a brother,” Ssenyonyi said.

“That’s basically what we are trying to achieve, mobilising the people, to have a people-driven revolution for this country. Not a revolution that’s based on leaders,” Nambooze stated.

These ongoing negotiations have the same opposition vision of ousting President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, but the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has distanced its self from the on-going negotiations.

“But as to how far they have reached, and what they are discussing, the best people will be either the leadership of People’s Government, People Power or their spokesperson should be the one to give you the details of their interactions and where they have reached,” Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, FDC spokesperson said.

Henry Kashasha, a political analyst said the move is hurried, stating that first thing they would do is to lay down strategies before pushing for joint candidature.

“They still have to lay grounds for consensus, grounds for working together, grounds for joint political framework and platforms. So, once they have cultivated that ground, then they can start discussing single candidate, joint candidate, but to push the issue of a joint candidate, before the preliminary discussions to me it would be a bit destructive,” he said.

The People Power and the People’s Government Pressure groups, said they are working hard to engage other political parties that includes Democratic Party (DP), JEEMA and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) for a united opposition in Uganda.