Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has spoken out on what he called political scheming within the NRM Party, being orchestrated by some members of the Party to portray him as a man on the collision path with President Yoweri Museveni.
Mbabazi said these political maneuvers in the NRM party will end up in futility because they will never destroy the solid relationship he enjoys with the President whom he knows better, and have worked together over the last 40 years.
He said the two of them, President Museveni and himself, know well how they will address this internal bickering within the Party, observing that detractors have stopped using the opposition to fight NRM and are now using Party members to weaken the NRM Party.
The Premier who is also the Member of Parliament for Kinkizi West constituency in Kanungu District made these passionate remarks on Monday while meeting the Executive committee members of his constituency at his country home in Kihihi, Kanungu District.
“Please be calm, most of what you read or hear about me are calculated lies to put a wedge between me and President Museveni. I have said it over and over again that I have no intentions of standing against the President in the 2016 Presidential elections,” Mbabazi reiterated.
The Prime Minister said he has taken this decision not because of what people think, but because of his conviction that the President, who led them in the liberation struggle has ably offered leadership to the country in all possible aspects and it’s the reason he signed the NRM Caucus Kyankwanzi resolution in support of the President.
“But like any other Ugandan, there is no law that bars me from standing for President, but I will not stand against Museveni and it is as clear as that,” Mbabazi said.
Flanked by the Kanungu RDC, Martin Mugabi and his deputy Richard Ndyana, Mbabazi narrated the history of their liberation struggle and the various roles he played right from the Amin era, through FRONASA days up to the time NRA /NRM came to power in 1986.
He said as a disciplined cadre of the NRM party, he will only do what the Party assigns him to do, adding that he will soon write a book detailing his contribution to the regime.
According to the constituency executive committee members, this interface with their Member of Parliament was necessary to quell all sorts of rumors going around Kanungu about the fate of Mbabazi to the extent that some of his voters were fearing to get in touch with him as a precautionary measure.
“I have committed no offence and no one has asked me to defend myself on any. The voices you hear that Mbabazi should stand are individual reactionary comments arising from the Kyankwanzi NRM Caucus resolutions,” he said.
Mbabazi also clarified that, he is still the substantive Secretary General of the NRM Party as per the mandate of the electorate, and that the issue of the Minister without Portfolio, Richard Twodong doing mobilization work for the party is an agreed on position by all.
He said the Party is free in future to amend their constitution and have a full time Secretary General of the Party with a fully functional Secretariat.
He also clarified that all elective positions of the Party will be filled as per the NRM Party Constitution which recognizes the various roles of the party organs such as CEC, NEC and the National conference.
Mbabazi disassociated Government from the current campaign by individual party members to have the 2016 elections postponed.