People Power & FDC we’re the same, politics should not divide us – FDC president

FDC leaders laying a wreath on Getrude’s grave on Saturday in Bushenyi.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, has advised Ugandans to love each other despite the political differences, Whether falling to People Power Movement, NRM or DP.

“There is no need for fighting your brother or sister because he/she is in FDC, Uganda People’s Congress, National Resistance Movement or Democratic Party,” Amuriat said.

He said instead, parties that are not happy with the way the country is being run should unite their forces and point them against the poor leadership of President Yoweri Museveni. Amuriat was on Saturday speaking to residents of Rwanshetsya in Kyamuhunga sub-county, Bushenyi district at the home of Paul Kahiigi Turyamureba, the former Bushenyi district FDC chairman.

Amuriat, together with the former FDC presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, had visited Kahiigi’s family to express sympathy over the death of their mother, Getrude Batangaire, who was buried on March 8. She succumbed to cancer at Mbarara Hospital.

Earlier, Kahiigi said while at Mbarara Hospital, they bought 90% of the requirements, including drugs from outside the hospital.

“We spent over sh40m on purchasing drugs, doing scans and X-rays, yet we were in a government hospital,” Kahiigi said.

He called upon the Government to use the billions of shillings which it plans to invest in constructing a mega hospital in Kampala to strengthen referral hospitals first.

Amuriat told the people of Igara West that their area MP, Raphael Magyezi, is to blame for prolonging the country’s problems. Magyezi tabled the Bill to scrap the age limit for presidential candidates from the Constitution.

“If Magyezi had not moved the motion to scrap age limit; the NRM MPs who met recently in Kyankwanzi, would not have presented Museveni as their sole candidate,” Amuriat said.

Besigye said the country has been mismanaged, saying it is now in the hands of a few individuals while the majority languish in poverty. He lashed out at the Government for failing to invest in the key sectors of education and health. He said nothing has been done to prevent the citizens from cancer.

“When I got to my other home abroad, where my wife (Winnie Byanyima) works, I find invitations from hospitals at home, calling me to go for health checkups, including cancer screening, unlike here, where we have been left to incur expensive costs of treatment instead of prevention,” Besigye said.

He noted that the common man does not benefit from the power dams and roads, where the NRM Government claims to have invested heavily. Besigye told residents that the struggle they have always fought is to have an equal share and fair distribution of the country’s resources/national cake. He compared the NRM government’s investments in dams and roads to colonialists.

“The colonialists worked on roads because they wanted where to pass as they plundered our resources. They also constructed power dams so that they could turn some of the plundered resources movable,” Besigye added.