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There was a plan to kill Bobi Wine in Arua and blame it on me, says Besigye

Opposition leader says eliminating political opponents is part of a two-prong approach that the ruling NRM government has embarked on after realising diminishing political legitimacy across the country.

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SECURITY | There was a well orchestrated plan by the State to kill Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi in Arua and blame it on me, Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has said.

Dr Besigye, a former personal physician of President Museveni turned his fiercest challenger for the top executive position in the last four presidential elections, believes the plan was only averted by God’s intervention.

The former FDC president was speaking at a news conference he called to brief the country about the security situation at his Katonga Road office on Thursday morning where he said his team has been getting information about sinister plans against regime opponents since 2016.

He said eliminating political opponents is part of a two-prong approach that the ruling NRM government has embarked on after realising diminishing political legitimacy across the country.

“We have been getting information since 2016 and it is time we shared it with the public. Elimination of political opponents has always been done using subtle means like poisoning but it is now shifting to more overt and radical ways,” Dr Besigye said.

The other approach, he added, is the orchestration of a general state of insecurity as a trajectory to a state of emergency in the country.

‘Inside the plans’

Besigye said the government intends to use media to ferment conflict between Opposition leaders and then use that to eliminate and carjole political opponents.

“You have been seeing stories in the media, including the one entitled; “Bobi Wine’s plot to kill Besigye” published in a local daily. The aim is to portray and manage what appears to the public as actual conflict within opposition forces and then use it to eliminate opponents.

“This nearly happened in Arua . They wanted to kill MP Kyagulanyi and arrest me immediately,” Dr Besigye said.

He said it was a comprehensive plan and the plotters even had a group that would attack his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District, adding that the situation was only saved by God.

Just before the August 13 incident, Besigye had cut off his rally prematurely and left for Kampala moments after Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, had led his supporters to the FDC rally venue and left on the fateful trek back to a hotel.

Bobi Wine lost his driver Yassin Kawuma to a bullet during the August 13 Arua fracas. It is alleged that Kawuma was sitting in the very chair that Bobi Wine had just left, which heightened suspicion that the bullet that felled Kawuma could have been meant for the pop legislator.

Announcing the shooting of his driver that fateful day, Bobi Wine had tweeted that the bullet was intended for him.

Dr Besigye also said that what happened in Kasese recently where Winnie Kiiza[s husband Yokasi Bwambale Bihande, claimed that nine armed people were staking out their family home in Kiburara and blamed it on FDC as part of a ploy to escalate conflict in opposition.

“He claimed that FDC had organised forces to go and kill him because he was to be the interim chairperson of the New Formation that was being launched by former FDC president Gen Mugisha Muntu,” Dr Besigye said.

“We need to be aware that we the political actors are dealing with a highly evil and conspiratory junta and we have to be highly prudent on how we manage ourselves,” he added.

Dr Besigye also said the 24,000 Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel that have just been recruited are in total contravention of the UPDF Act of 2005 because it is the army recruiting them and not the villages as it is supposed to be done.

Besigye is a retired Colonel in the army having served in the bush war that brought President Museveni to power in 1986.

Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago, who was also at the news conference, said the LDU formation is illegal and contravenes Article 26 of the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) Act. He said the 24,000 man-strong force will only be used to subdue the masses.

But Defence spokesperson Richard Karemira said the comments by Besigye and Lukwago were diversionary.

“No politician will divert us from our commitment to provide security to our people. LDUs will greatly contribute to the foundation of security,” Brig Karemire said.

The LDU reservists are being recruited on the directive of President Museveni to beef up efforts to combat insecurity in the wake of assassination of high profile personalities.

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