(By Bonny Apunyu)
Less than 48 hours after former Prime Minister Mr. Amama Mbabazi declared he was running for president in 2016, Ugandan President Museveni has reacted to Mr. Mbabazi’s bid calling it ‘bad conduct and premature,’Daily Monitor reported Tuesday.
The Ugandan head of state, in a recorded statement circulated to the media Monday night, hit back at Mr Mbabazi, saying he served the system whose weaknesses he seeks to solve, according to reports.
“…our method of work does not involve that kind of conduct; neither the party nor the electoral commission has announced the dates of elections. I therefore do not think it is proper for the Rt Hon Mbabazi to waste your time with that premature electioneering,” Mr Museveni reportedly said said.
Responding to Mr Mbabazi’s eight-point programme, should he be elected, the President said Mbabazi was given a chance to serve as Prime Minister and he did not effect those programmes.
That forged document it was suspected that it was either authored or distributed by certain people some of whom have been arrested.
“Since the name of Rt. Hon Mbabazi, my young brother has been featuring in some of these stories, I decided to invite him together with the Rt Hon Prime Minister Ruhankana Rugunda for a meeting of today (Monday) at 6 O’clock so that I ask him whether himself or people associated with him were involved in distributing these seditious, sectarian documents.
“We are due to have that meeting in the next one hour or so. However, when I was coming from South Africa today, I was informed that the Rt Hon Mbabazi had put out on the social media some other story of how he wants to present himself for election as flag bearer of NRM and how he wants to present himself for president of Uganda in the next elections.
“Well, those are his decisions and I have nothing to do with those. However, our method of work does not involve that kind of conduct. Neither the party nor the electoral commission has announced the dates of elections.
“I, therefore, do not think it is proper for the Rt Hon Mbabazi to waste his time with that premature electioneering. Those are issues that should be handled in NRM at the right time when the Electoral Commission of NRM has arranged for those elections. I think that method of work is wrong.
“More importantly, however, is the issue of the substance of what the Rt. Hon Mbabazi has said.
My young people brought me that recording and I watched. He made a number of points that I would like to answer“First he talked about working for everybody. Well, that is what NRM has been doing all the time. When we said education for all UPE, USE that is what we meant, we meant working for everybody and that is what we have been doing.
“He talks of democratic principles. Well, I must salute him, he could not escape some facts. He talked of increased prosperity. He talked of more respect for Uganda by the international community. I’m glad he couldn’t conceal those facts.
“However, he said somewhere else that the country is tired. Rt Hon Mbabazi has been at the centre of our system all these years. He was in the security services, parliament, minister of security for a long time, secretary general of the party and eventually he was prime minister…….” The statement continued.
Mr. Mbabazi was Ugandan’s Premie Minister from 24 May 2011 until 18 September 2014 when we was dropped by his comrade, close friend and ‘a brother’, Mr Museveni.
Media and other analysts have always alleged Mr. Museveni dropped Mbabazi because of his Presidential ambitions, a claim the government has always denied.