Kagame to Diplomats: Rwanda is Determined to Prosper

Fireworks went off at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday night as the presidential debate’s co-moderator Alan Kasujja interrogated FDC presidential candidate and strongman, troche generic Dr Kizza Besigye’s inconsistencies, buy information pills Chimp Corps report.

“I am pleasantly surprised you are here. You had said if Museveni had not shown up you would not be here. This suggests this is as about you and Museveni,” Kasujja blasted Besigye as the presidential candidate struggled to contain composure.

“You are making your entire campaign about Museveni. Is this right or wrong?” the BCC anchor further queried.

The questions were strong enough to throw an unstable candidate off balance.

However, Besigye responded in a calm tone: “Far from right.” The response drew a thunderous applause from the excited audience.

He was keen on avoiding a direct confrontation with the moderator.

Losing his temper would have triggered a pattern of mistakes with disastrous consequences especially at a critical time when voters are making up their mind ahead of the February national elections.

Besigye said it was important that people “especially not familiar with Uganda” understand that the institutional framework of Uganda has been all transformed into the person of the president.


“You can’t talk about politics and state of Uganda without talking about Museveni – over the last 30 years,” said Besigye.

He said Museveni had made himself the state just like fallen Congolese tyrant Mobutu Sese Seko.

“In every respect he is the state and has been for last 30 years. If you want to interrogate on moving from this position, we need a debate about transition,” added Besigye to justify his insistence that president Museveni should have attended the debate.


Kasujja seemed to have prepared some impressive intellectual ambushes for Besigye, giving the debate a jolt of excitement.

He interrogated Besigye on his continuous standing as FDC’s candidate in several presidential elections, arguing, “Some people will say that what you trying to do here – what Museveni is doing in NRM is not different from FDC. You have been standing as candidate for FDC for last 15 years without debunking Mr Museveni. Why not give opportunity to other people to try?”

Besigye has been asked the same question several times and did not have to scratch his head for an answer.

He said Kasujja has “been out in London for long, may be,” adding, “I am not a sole candidate of FDC like Mr Museveni has been.”

Kasujja fired back: “You are on record, this you denied but it’s a fact – specifically that you will not run. What are you doing here as a candidate?”

The crowd cheered on while FDC activists slammed Kasujja on Facebook for being overly aggressive.

Besigye said he has a right to change his mind.

“I hope you are not suggesting if I am not going to run in certain circumstances, I should not be free to change your mind…” he observed.

The FDC honcho muffled Kasujja’s attempts to interject, adding: “Changing my mind on the debate – let me clear this. I met with Justice Ogoola yesterday – in Mbale – and he confirmed to me that to the best of his knowledge Mr. Museveni would be here. And justice Ogoola is here.”

Perhaps to show that even the organisers of the debate were either untruthful or inconsistent, Besigye opened up his heart: “I came here expecting that indeed Mr. Museveni would be here. I am truly disappointed that he is not here because unlike me Mr Museveni is our servant. We pay him. He has been our leader of this country for 30 years. He has the responsibility, it is not just courtesy, to be here and account to the country.”
Police in Rwampara County in Mbarara district were last Thursday compelled to use live ammunition to quell a scuffle between supporters of the area incumbent MP Hon Vincent Mujuni Kyamadidi and those of his political nemesis Charles Ngabirano.

The fracas started on Tuesday when President Yoweri Museveni visited the constituency, there where Kanyamadidi publicized intentions to set up a campaign office in Mwizi Sub County, viagra the home place of his opponent Ngabirano.  Kyamadidi hails from a distant Bugamba sub county.

On Thursday, stomach Hon Kyamadidi was confronted by supporters of Ngabirano as he tried to open up the office.

The fracas broke out as Ngabirano’s men started plucking Kamadidi’s posters off the office, before they pounced on his Toyota Prado and smashed its windows.

Kyamadididi speaking to press after the incident
Kyamadididi speaking to press after the incident

Before police could arrive to save the day, two houses were demolished in the scuffle and several livestock killed.

While at police, Kyamadidi told journalists he and his supporters have for long suffered intimidation from Ngabirano’s supporters.

Some of the people who lost property in the fracas at Mbarara police
Some of the people who lost property in the fracas at Mbarara police

“I am still the sitting MP until in May when the people will decide whether or not to retain me. Besides being an MP, I am also a citizen of this country and I am entitled to these freedoms like anyone else. (Ngabirano) cannot declare this a no-travel zone because it is his home sub county,” he said.

The legislator opened up a case number SD REF14/14/01/2016 which police is currently investigating.
President Paul Kagame has said that Rwandans are determined to prosper.

The president on Friday hosted envoys accredited to represent their countries in Rwanda to the annual diplomats’ Luncheon at Urugwiro Village.

Four new envoys from China, mind Denmark, Kuwait and the Czech Republic also attended the Luncheon after presenting their credentials to President Kagame.

Addressing the envoys, President Kagame said, “Rwandans are working to be our best selves, fully responsible for our future, a burden to no one. You are in a position to see this first-hand and provide useful context, back to headquarters, when called upon.”

“We value the free open dialogue we enjoy with our friends and partners. We listen carefully and also contribute, where we can. Rwanda’s diplomacy and international engagement are resolutely multilateral, cooperative and judicious. We contribute meaningfully to global cooperation because it reflects who we are as a people,” he added.

President Kagame told the envoys that Rwandans will always endeavor to be who they are and also and always struggle to be better versions of who they are.

Before concluding with a toast to good health and even better relations, President Kagame thanked the diplomats for what Rwanda has achieved with their support and said Rwandans look forward to more as they continue to make progress they want and deserve.

Speaking on behalf of the envoys, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Richard Kabonero, said it was clear to everyone that Rwanda changes every year, and the progress is quite remarkable.

“A few of us who have been here longer, have witnessed a lot of development in ICT, peacekeeping, education, peace and stability. We congratulate the people of Rwanda for a well organised referendum that reflected the will of the people of Rwanda. On behalf of my colleagues we appreciate the facilitation accorded to us as we do our work. Rwanda will be a prosperous country in the not so distant future.” Ambassador Kabonero said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lousie Mushikiwabo said Rwanda’s diplomacy has enlarged, and Rwandans hope the New Year would come with better tidings.

“We value our partners and recognise their contribution to our progress. We have regular diplomatic briefings where we discuss issues and have sustained our dialogue on issues concerning Rwanda and the region.”

Minister Mushikiwabo also took the chance to express best wishes to all African diplomats who represent countries that have teams participating in CHAN Rwanda 2016.

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