Dr Kizza Besigye addresses supporters in Kasangati. Photo by Isaac Kasamani

Government needs to be overhauled to clean up the mess that has led to the suffering of many Ugandans.

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) boss, Col. Kizza Besigye said the high rate of corruption among government officials at various levels has affected the development of the country.

“We have seen many reports in the media about government officials who have been implicated in corruption scandals but nothing has been done about them,” he said.

Besigye made the remarks while addressing residents of Luzira a Kampala suburb during the Action for Change (A4C) rally at Luzira Secondary School.

The rally was initially planned to be held in Kitintale but was shifted to Lizira under police instructions.

He said failure by President Yoweri Museveni to take action on such individuals means that he supports them.

“The whole system is rotten and there is need to repair it. We shall use Article 29, of the constitution to exercise our freedom of expression to achieve what we want,” he said.

While presenting a paper at the National Resistance Movement (NRM) retreat last week, the former Prime Minister, Kintu Musoke also called on President Museveni to disband his cabinet, saying that it was irreparably scarred with corruption.

Besigye said only people power can bring about change that the country needs to move on than using a gun.

He said NRM has forgotten why it went to the bush and doing the same things that they used to condemn in the previous regimes.

Besigye said his focus to bring change is not in 2016, but 2012 once Ugandans are committed to work in unity.

“These people have robbed all government coffers and sold off public assets that would have helped Ugandans. This is the reason people have no jobs. Corruption has led to high cost of living in the country,” he said.

“It is time to chase these armed robbers and failures. They have only messed up the country,” Besigye said.

He called on people to be confident, desist from fear and work in solidarity if they want to push out the bad leadership. He said people should not wait for leaders but to also play there role.

Besigye also visited Luzira Port Bell where one person was killed in an eviction exercise and paid tribute to the bereaved family.

He condemned the act and called for quick prosecution for justice to come out. He noted that his struggle started in Luzira and will continue fighting to make sure there is justice.

Besigye was later escorted by the Kampala police commandant Andrew Kaweesi to clear traffic along Luzira road. Hundreds of supporters lined up along the road waving and singing praising songs for Besigye.

By JEFF ANDREW LULE AND SIMON MASABA, The New Vision

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