Kizza Besigye: I’m Better Off Dying in Museveni Fight


Uganda’s main opponent to President Museveni says he’d sooner die in the fight against his rival than abandon his cause.

Kizza Besigye made the comments while appearing on the BBC Focus on Africa on Friday. The former opposition leader was asked what keeps him going, despite continued attacks on his freedom and the danger his family faces. Besigye’s response was impeccably calm: that he would sooner die fighting than do nothing.


Besigye fight continues

The show, which is hosted by Akwasi Sarpong, threw some probing questions at Uganda’s most famous dissident. This included the consequences on his direct family – particularly his wife and children.




When asked whether it was worth sacrificing his children for a fight against the nation’s regime, he confidently answered he was making sacrifices for his children and the country they’ll grow up in.

He says his wife shares the same conviction he does in building a better Uganda and his children have grown to understand his struggle.

“I met my wife in the struggle and she is committed to what I am doing and my children have grown to understand what I am going through,” he said during the interview.

Besigye has proven time and again just how strong that conviction is.


‘Better off dying’

Besigye’s long fight against his country’s dictatorship has seen him tortured, arbitrarily arrested and charged with treason on two separate occasions. While many of his former colleagues have died in their pursuit to change Uganda’s political landscape.

Despite all this and the effects his opposition has had on his family, Besigye insists it’s a fight he can’t give up.

“I am better off dying doing something to change the situation than dying at the whims of some few people who monopolise power in this country,” he said.


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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.