Col Dr Kizza Besigye has said one of the reasons his regime change campaign has not gained enough traction is because some Ugandans doubt him basing on his tribe.
This group of Ugandans, Besigye says, think that he would not be any different from President Yoweri Museveni, both of them being from the Ankole Tribe in western Uganda.
Born and raised mostly in Rukungiri district, Besigye has made four unsuccessful attempts at replacing President Yoweri Museveni, (who was born in the current neighbouring Ntungamo District), through the ballot.
“Part of the attacks that are levelled at me… is that people see in me a Museveni,” Besigye told press in Kampala on Saturday.
“Because we come from the same area, people say, ‘they are all the same.’ This is the injustice that is being targeted on me; I hear some people have been mobilizing around that.”
During a press conference, Besigye said some people have even accused him of being favoured by President Museveni’s regime, because he is a Munyankole.
Making reference to this week’s brutal arrest and alleged torturing of Kyadondo East MP Hon Kyagulanyi Sentamu (Bobi Wine), Besigye recounted, “I heard some people saying, when they arrest me they don’t beat me, but when they got Bobi they beat him.”
All this, Besigye said, stems from tribal sentiments which have been characteristic in the country for decades.
Once President Museveni is removed from Office, Besigye says his transitional government will start by among others addressing these tribal differences through reconciliation.
“We need reconciliation in this country; there are deep wounds that we must reconcile. We must find what injured us and treat it so that we are a new community,” he said.