Political leaders, supporters and Ugandans online have been sending birthday to four-time Presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye on Monday.
The opposition leader and former President of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) turned 63 on Easter Monday, according to information on his Wikipedia page which stated he was born in 1956.
Among those who sent him birthday regards is former FDC President, Mugisha Muntu. He wished Besigye, with whom he started opposition party, FDC, a long and fruitful life.
“Happy birthday @kizzabesigye1. May your life be long and fruitful. And may the ideals you have for so long fought for and advanced be realized sooner than later,” Muntu wrote on Twitter.
Muntu recently quit Besigye’s FDC party and formed a new political party named the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT). He said he had failed to reconcile the ideology of the FDC with his own. Muntu, like some political analysts have previously accused Besigye of undermining his (Muntu) Presidency of FDC.
On Twitter, Ugandans lauded Muntu for his gesture (sending a birthday message to Besigye), some regarding it as maturity.
Born in the southwestern district of Rukungiri on April 22, 1956, Besigye attended Kinyasano Primary School and Mbarara Junior School.
He was a second born in a family of 6. He lost both his parents before he finished primary school. His father was a policeman.
He went to Kinyasano Primary School and Mbarara Junior School for his Primary school education. He later joined Kampala’s Kitante High School for his Ordinary Levels and then Kigezi High School in Kabale District for his Advanced Level education.
Besigye enrolled at Makerere University in 1975, graduating with a degree in human medicine in 1980. He would later join the guerilla warfare led by Yoweri Museveni and was later appointed Minister in Museveni’s government.
In the late 1990s Besigye fell out with Museveni. In 1999, he wrote a document critical of the government, entitled “An Insider’s View of How the NRM Lost the Broad Base” in which he accused the NRM of becoming a sectarian kleptocracy and a one-man dictatorship.