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Kizza Besigye
Kizza Besigye


Former colonel in the Ugandan army, Kizza Besigiye is the chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party and is a candidate for Uganda's 2011 parliamentary election.

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In 1980, Besigye left his job at a hospital in Nairobi and trained in the military to join the National Resistance Army (NRA), a rebellion against Milton Obote's government. Quickly rising through the ranks, Besigye had eventually become colonel and Senior Military Adviser to the Ministry of Defense.

Mr Museveni campaigned as a Movementist - the political system he says is an alternate form of democracy - and his opponents say is a one party state. Saying no to cronyism, no to corruption, no to personal rule - and yes to democratisation.

In 2001, Besigye was briefly detained and questioned by the police, allegedly in connection with the offense of treason. In September he fled to the U.S. saying his life was in danger.

Besigye was arrested again in 2005, this time accused of treason, concealment of treason and rape. The case of treason included his alleged links to the rebel groups, Lord's Resistance Army and People's Redemption Army, and the rape charge referred to an alleged incident in November 1997 involving the daughter of a friend. The arrest led to demonstrations and riots in Kampala and towns around the country. The protesters believed the charges were designed to stop Besigye from challenging the president in 2006 elections. He was later cleared of all charges.

Besigye did challenge Musevini in the 2006 Presidential elections, however Museveni was elected for another five-year tenure, having won 59% of the vote against Besigye's 37%. Besigye, who alleged fraud, rejected the result. The Supreme Court of Uganda later ruled that the election was marred by intimidation, violence, voter disenfranchisement, and other irregularities. However, the Court voted 4-3 to uphold the results of the election

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Kizza Besigye
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Date of Birth: Apr/22/1956
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Uganda

Besigye, the second child in a family of six, lost both of his parents while attending primary school. Furthering his education, he graduated from Makerere University with a Medical degree.

In 1998, Besigye married Winnie Byanyima, former member of parliament and the first female aeronautics engineer in Uganda. Winnie Byanyima was also at one timea close personal friend of Museveni. A boy, Anselm Besigye, was born to Kiiza Besigye and Winnie Byanyima in September 1999.

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Author: stevejun89us
Wed Feb 16 10:31:31 2011

I urge fellow Ugandans to turn up in millions and go vote for change. the reason why NRM'S goons want to retain their seats is nothing but the OIL issue! They will not account for the oil money, so in the next five years they want to load more billions into their accounts and flee to exile we will topple their Corrupt Gov't wether by peace or violence. Museveni must GOOOOO! I wonder why this old man can't get satisfied with all the tolerance we endured entertaining his nonsence government for the last 25 years. This is madness, You can… [Read Full Text]

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Author: gishol
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Author: m9nilespring
Sun Feb 20 16:24:01 2011

What you don't know is, people from Congo are not as sad as you think. M7 opened their door to the world. Many people from Congo are moving freely in East Africa. You are wasting too much time telling us what we know very well. Africas land locked countries need to be lend a hand and M7 has done so. In your words you sound like you have been out side of Uganda for quite some time. It might be too late for you, but bro, sister, Uganda is as sweet and juicy as… [Read Full Text]

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