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Besigye Blasts Raila Odinga: Where is the ‘Better People’s Government’ you Promised?

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Uganda’s opposition kingpin Dr Kizza Besigye has scoffed at kenya’s National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga for failing to live up to his promise of a better people’s government.

After losing in the August 2017 poll, and boycotting the subsequent election rerun, Odinga said he would form a people’s government.

Raila Odinga, a perennial opposition politician, just like Uganda’s Besigye, would also castigate Besigye for failing to form a people’s government.

After the controversial 2016 elections, Besigye took oath as the people’s president.

Besigye still faces treason charges over the same.

But Odinga poked holes in Besigye’s 2016 people’s government.

He said Besigye’s ‘people’s government’ was lacking in preparation and readiness.

And Besigye waited to see what Odinga would do.

And fast forward to 2018, Odinga’s government had developed fault lines. Key Nasa principal and former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka skipped Odinga’s mock inauguration.

And in March 2018, Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta met and agreed to work together.

Raila is son to Kenya’s founding vice president Jaramogi Odonga. Uhuru is son to Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta.

Critics like activist Miguna Miguna accused Raila of betrayal. Miguna has since been deported twice over Raila’s controversial swearing.


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In an interactive session with Fahamu Readers Community, a Makerere University Students Readers club, Besigye hit at Raila Odinga and poked holes in his dialogue with Uhuru.

In the session, Besigye and the club reviewed Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty.

“I am following what is happening in Kenya,’ Besigye told the club. “Sometime back they said we formed People’s Government in Uganda without making adequate preparations.”

Besigye then stung Raila Odinga: “But they have also been constrained in Kenya and cannot hold on.”


Besigye was not sure the dialogue would help Kenya.

“So they decided to dialogue but will dialogue achieve the shift of power in Kenya?” he wondered.

According to Besigye, “dialogue should be used to convince those who hold power and economic resources that it can no longer hold.

“Once they realise that they are themselves besieged, they surrender to people’s demands and dialogue to allow a political transition.”

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