Col Dr Kizza Besigye yesterday gave out a message of reassurance to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) mobilizers, that their war to overturn the current government is not entirely lost.
President Yoweri Museveni and his regime might be gone by the year 2020, Besigye said to a few dozen strategists who met him at his home in Kasangati.
The message was seemingly meant to rekindle a fading morale of the mobilizers, most of them in their early youth.
They applauded heartily as he referred to them as “abazilwanako” or future war veterans.
Besigye reassured the group that President Yoweri Museveni is being brought down by a crumbling economy.
“They cannot carry it on their shoulders anymore,” said Besigye, adding however, that this is not the fault of him (Besigye) or his activities.
“In these wars, God is involved and God is always on the right side,” he said. “There are things that we won’t be able to do by ourselves, but watch them get done by themselves.”
“We did not cause the crisis in South Sudan, which is one of the reasons for the collapse of our economy; and neither did we cause the raging drought. Some Ugandans in Kanungu are already fleeing to DRC to look for food”
With the economy in tatters, Besigye said, Museveni’s only hope now is in oil. This he said is the reason government is jamming through the Land Amendment Bill, in order to allow construction of the oil pipeline.
“There hope is that by 2020, oil will be in their hands, but this is still in balance. Besides, they will not last to see 2020, especially if we do our job right.”
Besigye said it was now up to the mobilizers to play their part, starting with the opposition to the land amendment law.
The former four-time presidential candidate reassured the group, stressing that only those without vision think their war is lost.
This, he recounted, was the case during the NRA bush war.
“When time is closing by, the situation tends to worsen. In late 1983 we got totally surrounded. We had only one place to hide, and there was a helicopter over our head all day scattering messages that we should surrender.
“Some did surrender but we remained firm. Others were determined to escape to Congo but they feared because they had heard that the Congolese were cannibals.
“Hope seemed lost, but that day was the very last one for Oyite Ojok, who was in that helicopter. He went and landed across River Mayanja in the evening, and as it was taking off later, we watched it blow up. We didn’t know what had happened until the following morning when we learnt that Ojok had died in a plane crash.”
Meanwhile, Besigye warned the youth group against engaging in looting and grabbing people’s property the moment they seize power.
He said some of his people keep telling him that they want to take the (shopping) malls now occupied by NRM people.
“Those who stole the malls can lose them, but what we want is to see that everyone is okay. Of course if you are in a position where you fought, you will get something better than those who didn’t, but not taking away everyone else’s property.”