Posted Sunday, May 1 2011 at 00:00
President Museveni allowed himself to be dragged into Besigye’s dance hall when his security henchmen unleashed the most vitriol intervention and with it the man Besigye has gained what the presidential elections in February failed to bring to him – massive popular support. Besigye has been forthright about his plans. He said before the elections that if he failed to win the presidency and deemed it a result of political machinations, he would appeal to the court of public opinion after losing out twice to the Supreme Court. So, even though the government was aware of what Besigye meant, it took them by surprise that it came this soon.
That is why the noisiest in the Besigye saga is the urban inhabitant whose situation is burdened by the fact that they also have to support their rural folks with financial help for school fees, medical bills and transport, among others. It gets worse with the rate of inflation moving north. The urbanite is much affected as the rural folk and any attempts to cover their plight in economic figures such as improved GDP or higher income per capita doesn’t translate into their general happiness - which brings me back to Kivejinja’s outrageous utterance.