The opposition Democratic Party (DP) has condemned the uncalled for heckling and attack on former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President also four-time Presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye.
Besigye was attacked last weekend in Mengo by youths alleged to be affiliated to the ‘People Power’ Pressure Group.
On Saturday, after a radio talk show on Buganda owned CBS radio, supporters who chanted Bobi Wine slogans ambushed Besigye as he walked out of the building and started heckling him. Besigye was protected his sympathizers who then led him to his vehicle.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the DP Spokesperson, Kenneth Paul Kakande said the party condemns in strongest terms the attack on Besigye, a fellow opposition leader.
Kakande however noted that Saturday’s attack on Besigye isn’t an isolated incident.
“We saw a similar incident in the gear up for 2016 general elections in a The Democratic Alliance (TDA) meeting in Bugolobi where a group of overzealous people stormed the meeting and pulled Dr Kizza Besigye out of the meeting and that was the end of coalition efforts in the opposition,” Kakande said.
The DP spokesperson added that as a result of the attack on TDA, the opposition lost dearly in the general elections.
“We call upon leaders of all organisations and stature to be restrained, stay calm and remain focused. We believe an incident like that should not divert us,” Kakande said.
Kakande asked the leaders to understand the optics of an opposition that is jostling amongst itself is awkward for the Ugandan who desire change in government.
“We call on all leaders to stop forthwith trading accusations and counter accusations. We shouldn’t use social media to tarnish each other but instead use all social media platforms to build bridges and unity amongst opposition,” he added.
Kakande revealed that the party is independently investigating the incident to the bottom and shall draw conclusions after investigation.
His revelation follows a similar statement on Monday by the FDC which said it was suspicious that the attack on Besigye could have been orchestrated by people disguised to be Bobi Wine supporters.
Bobi Wine has since condemned the incident and similarly reminded the opposition that they have a common goal.