Ugandan opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye has dismissed claims of a close personal relationship with National Unity Platform (NUP) president Bobi Wine, emphasizing his desire for unity across the entire opposition spectrum.
"It's not true that I am just close to HE Bobi Wine," Besigye clarified. "I want to be close to everyone, in the situation of captivity, everyone, no matter the party. The only thing that can bring us out of captivity is unity."
Besigye, a veteran opposition figure known for his defiance of President Yoweri Museveni's government, has faced harassment, arrest, and denial of freedom throughout his political career. He shares this history of struggle with Bobi Wine, a musician-turned-politician who emerged as a prominent opposition figure in recent years.
While their shared experiences have fostered a personal connection, Besigye emphasizes that his desire for unity extends beyond individual relationships. He acknowledges attempts to sow division within the opposition but rejects such efforts.
"Some people have said words to divide the opposition," Besigye stated, "but I don't want it to work like that."
Besigye's call for unity underscores the precarious situation facing the Ugandan opposition. President Museveni, in power since 1986, has tightened his grip on the country, making it increasingly difficult for opposition voices to be heard.
By advocating for a united front, Besigye hopes to strengthen the opposition's collective voice and increase its chances of achieving its goals, which include promoting democratic reforms and potentially unseating Museveni in future elections.
Whether Besigye's call for unity will resonate with all opposition factions remains to be seen