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Patrick Amuriat Vows to End Museveni Rule by 2021

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Newly elected opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president Patrick Amuriat says he will end Yoweri Museveni presidency by 2021.

On Friday, former MP Amuriat, defeated Mugisha Muntu, Moses Byamugisha and Dan Matsiko to become FDC president.

He will replace Muntu who has been at the helm since 2012.

FDC is Uganda’s largest opposition political party.

AMURIAT ON SENDING MUSEVENI HOME

Amuriat told NTV on Sunday that it was possible to end Museveni’s rule the way Robert Mugabe’s has been stopped in Zimbabwe.

“I believe that If Zimbabwe can happen, then Uganda can happen,” Amuriat said.

Museveni has been in power since 1986 when he took over after a blood-letting bush war.

The three-decade president also plans to return in 2021 as a candidate.

A bill to remove the presidential age limit to allow him stand past the age of 75 is in parliament.

Museveni’s ruling NRM party will likely use the numbers of MPs in the house to push through another controversial bill.

In 2005, Museveni’s NRM MPs supported the removal of the term limits.

Once the age limit is out of the way, Museveni could rule Uganda till death.

AMURIAT ON PLAN TO END MUSEVENI RULE

According to Amuriat, Museveni should not be allowed to stay in power until 2021.

Amuriat and the pro-defiance faction of the FDC argue that Museveni is not Uganda’s legitimate president.

They claim Museveni lost last year’s presidential poll to his four-time challenger Dr Kizza Besigye.

After the 2016 poll, Besigye swore in as president in a parallel ceremony. He faces treason charges over the same.

In fact, Besigye is referred to as the ‘People’s President’ in opposition circles.

“We must reclaim our victory of 2016 [presidential election] before we go to 2021 [elections],” Amuriat said.

“There’s going to be a lot of work to prepare citizens to act.”

Amuriat said he was not at liberty to delve into the details of the strategy to reclaim the victory.

But he said “We have been doing underground work for the last 18 months”.

It is not clear what this underground work entails.

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