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Besigye Renews Call For Dialogue, Sets Terms

Citing numerous attempts calls for dialogue; Besigye says he will not be party to talks called by Museveni, stating that an independent person must be trustworthy and credible and should look at a mechanism to implement solutions.
Dr. Kizza Besigye addresses the media at his Katonga Road offices in Kampala

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Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye says he is open to dialogue on Uganda's political process.

In what seems like a softened stance on efforts by religious and political leaders to broker talks, Besigye maintains that the desirable way to have a transition from the current regime is through a carefully mediated dialogue process.

Besigye reiterates that the dialogue should look at the audit of the 2016 general elections, whose results have been disputed by the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party. He adds that the dialogue should also consider the peaceful transition of power after President Yoweri Museveni's reign.

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Besigye was addressing the media today at his offices on Katonga Road in Kampala as part of his New Year address to supporters.

Last year, the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) attempted to broker talks between opposition parties and President Museveni, however this did not happen.

Citing numerous attempts and calls for dialogue; Besigye says he will not be party to talks called by Museveni, stating that an independent person must be trustworthy and credible and should look at a mechanism to implement solutions.

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Besigye  however adds that while awaiting dialogue, he will continue with his struggle under the defiance campaign, to enlighten Ugandans on their rights.

But Shaban Bantariza, the Deputy Executive Director of Uganda Media Center expressed skepticism over Besigye's calls for dialogue.

Bantariza, in a phone interview with URN says Besigye has previously rejected efforts for dialogue by the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) and religious leaders.

"It is through these platforms that he would have ironed out theses differences but he rejected that. This is another wild goose chase," Bantariza says.

Meanwhile Besigye also took offence with the police, over the recent raid on two mosques at Nakasero and Kiwatule, noting that their action is a total disrespect to religious institutions deemed sacred.

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