Abed Bwanika: Besigye Won 2016 Election but FDC Moles Betrayed Him by Conniving with Kayihura
Bwanika: I'm not Scared of Besigye
Three-time presidential candidate Dr Abed Bwanika has claimed that opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye won the 2016 presidential election but was betrayed by opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders.
For about a fortnight now, Bwanika, also a pastor, has been in the news after he attacked people who stay in Buganda for supporting Besigye, his longtime nemesis Yoweri Museveni and former premier Amama Mbabazi.
It all started at the Democratic Party (DP) reunion, with Bwanika suggesting that Buganda had resources and potential to take power.
He also rallied Buganda to back their candidates, suggesting that the region had supported candidates from other regions for so long.
The three-time presidential candidate’s comments have been interpreted by some as sectarian.
But the pastor says he was misquoted. He meant the people who dwell in Buganda — both ethnic Baganda and people of other tribes, he says.
“Besigye has a home in Buganda; he is one of us,” said Bwanika in a Thursday night political show on NBS.
The clarification is a contradiction since Besigye and most of the presidential candidates who have contested in a presidential poll stay in Buganda.
Years to the next election, Bwanika is already seeking to convince Ugandans not to allow Besigye to contest for a fifth term.
Even when he has contested thrice, Bwanika says Ugandans have never supported him as much as they have backed Besigye.
And is he afraid of Besigye?
“How can I be scared of someone who is not in power,” said Bwanik
“He has never beaten me in an election because he is not in power.”
Bwanika: Besigye Won in 2016
Bwabika says Ugandans have offered Besigye enough support but the former Museveni physician has failed to defend his victory.
“What is he going to tell Ugandans when he comes to contest for a fifth time?” wondered Bwanika.
He went on to claim that Besigye had won the 2016 election.
“He was given votes,” said Bwanika.
“Why didn’t you take care of the votes?”
According to Bwanika, “part of the FDC team called [then police chief Gen Kale] Kayihura to get DR [Declaration of Results] forms”.
The FDC has collected a number of DR forms but police confiscated these and other materials from the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi in Kampala.
Besigye’s team claimed they had garnered over 50 per cent of the total votes cast.
The FDC even went on to inaugurate Besigye as “the president of the people’s president”.
But Besigye continues to face treason charges for swearing himself in as “president”.