Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) darling and Founder Dr Kizza Besigye will not be standing for Presidency in the forthcoming elections. While speaking at the FDC party headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Wednesday afternoon, the four time presidential candidate said that FDC has many capable leaders that can competitively carry the party flag and he is currently ready to push the struggle from another front.
“To be a good leader, you have to be flexible in the way you approach issues. I will not be in the race for President but I will actively participate in the struggle,” Besigye said before adding that their enemy (NRM government) had mastered the art of suppressing him in an election and now he will be unleashing new tactics.
With today being the deadline for picking nomination forms for the presidential flag bearer, only two members Wasswa Birigwa and the party National Chairman Patrick Amuriat have picked forms. The party members will in their primaries choose who between the two will hold their party flag in the forthcoming general elections. Over time, Political Analysts have noted that Bobiwine’s rise to Politics with intentions to run for presidency reduced Besigye’s support in the public domain hence his fear to contest again for presidency with Bobiwine in the race.
This is going to be the first time since 2001 for Besigye not to appear on the national presidential ballot paper.
The future of FDC without Besigye in the forthcoming elections remains uncertain as close sources from the party corners reveal that Besigye is the only person in their party that can unseat Museveni.