In a statement dated 8th April but issued on 8th May and signed by the two leaders, they said they agreed that despite belonging to different formations, we must all work together as partners on the same mission which they call overthrowing President Museveni.
They said they came to an agreement following a meeting on Monday 6th April, 2019.
“We took note that we are all on the same mission to free Uganda from dictatorship and oppression. We agreed that despite belonging to different formations/ fronts, we must all work together as partners on the same mission. To this end, we call upon all our supporters, members and leaders to focus our energy and resources towards quickly ending the 33-year NRM/Museveni junta, and building a free and democratic society,” the statement reads in part.
Supporters of Dr Besigye and Bobi Wine have been at loggerheads, with each claiming that their candidate is the most suitable to stand against Mr Museveni in the 2021 elections. The DP block, which supports Bobi Wine has been up in arms against Dr Besigye, saying he is no longer fit to take on Museveni, having failed on four previous occasions.
But in the statement, the two leaders said they have agreed to end the animosity among their supporters.
“We agreed, and commit ourselves not to engage in conduct which creates disharmony and undue collision amongst the forces of change, and to always act in a manner that reflects togetherness and comradeship,” the statement says.
They said they have realized that they are fighting the common enemy hence the need for unity.
“We took note of the human rights violations which have been persistently occasioned on our leaders, and indeed all other Ugandans who have attempted to organise against the brutal regime. These include unlawful arrests, detentions and torture, unlawful blocking of legitimate activities, violently breaking up of meetings and functions, blocking media engagements, etc. To this end, we agreed to jointly resist all violations against our freedoms of speech, expression, assembly, movement, conscience, etc. The specific activities in pursuance of this point will be communicated from time to time. We acknowledge that the forces of change are stronger when we all work together and speak with the same voice as we confront the common enemy. To this end, we agreed to engage with all other forces of change, with the view of agreeing on what we can do together to hasten the struggle.