Uganda opposition borrows a leaf from Kenya's 'people's assemblies' and economic boycott to bring down Museveni

The new drive, ‘Tubalemese’ [let’s fail them], comes after the ‘Togikwatako’ [don’t touch it] movement that the opposition used to campaign against constitutional changes.

Lead by Uganda’s main opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye,  the opposition has launched a new defiance campaign that it says will help it deliver its goals among them the end of President Yoweri Museveni’s rule.

Speaking on Thursday, Dr Kizza Besigye at his offices in Kampala said that MPs had betrayed Ugandans having passed the age limit Bill that paved the way for Mr Museveni, 73, to extend his 31-year reign. The president later signed the Bill into law.

“We shall bring down this junta without throwing a stone,” he said.

Dr Besigye borrowed a leaf from Kenya’s opposition fraternity and similarly called on Ugandans to boycott companies run and owned by members of the ruling party under ‘Tubalemese’ [let’s fail them] campaign.

The new drive, ‘Tubalemese’ [let’s fail them], comes after the ‘Togikwatako’ [don’t touch it] movement that the opposition used to campaign against constitutional changes that included the lifting of the presidential age caps.

Just like their Kenyan counterparts, the Ugandan opposition said it will form regional assemblies particularly in all the districts where the 317 MPs who voted in favour of the constitution amendment hail from.

“Real aspirations of Ugandans shall be discussed in these assemblies and the regime will go down,” Dr Besigye added.

Dr Besigye also said he would swear-in members of his ‘People’s government’ who will serve the interests of citizens.

After boycotting the October 26 repeat presidential election, the National Super Alliance called on its supporters to shun services and products from companies affiliated to the Jubilee party and  also plans to swear-in Nasa leader Raila Odinga as the “people’s president”.

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