Besigye Apologizes for ‘Stirring Tribalism’


FDC’s former President Col Dr Kizza Besigye over the weekend took the heat for his comments, which many critics interpreted as fanning tribal sentiments.

Besigye last week while addressing his party leaders in the Kampala region, accused some political leaders of stirring tribalism.

“Even in the words that they speak, you can hear there is tribalism. You hear them say “Twebereremu.” “Who?” “Us.” These things crop up slowly but the danger in them is enormous,” he said.

Besigye’s comments were interpreted as a vailed attack at Kyandondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), who has used the term “Twebereremu” (Let’s stand for each other), to rally the young Ugandan population to actively participate in politics.

Besigye however, denied the accusation yesterday, but also apologized for the hurt it caused.

The accusation, Besigye said was “a deliberate attempt by some “interests” to pit me against my brother Bobi.”

“The clip of 50 Seconds from speech of one and a half hours can do that. Bobi (Wine) isn’t one of those driving a tribal campaign. Whoever understood my words to be aimed Bobi, my sincere apology.”

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