11 January 2016

Uganda: President Can No Longer Save Uganda, Says Amama

Mbale — Go Forward presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi has said President Museveni is no longer capable of saving the country from the current problems it currently faces.

Mr Mbabazi's comments come in the wake of Mr Museveni's assertions at the weekend that he cannot leave power at the moment, saying those asking him to go are the impatient ones who left him "in the same forest he wants Uganda to get out."

However, speaking to journalists in Mbale District yesterday, Mr Mbabazi said all along 'we' [the country] has been living in the bush and any possibility of rescue means "going forward" to change leadership.

"I have seen a headline of [Sunday] Monitor, I haven't yet read the story but I read on social media someone saying the President has said he cannot leave without liberating people from the bush. But precisely, we have been in the bush for so long and no one has the confidence that he will take us out," he noted.

The former prime minister also vowed to deal with possible rigging in the February 18 presidential poll results, a vice he likened to a "coup."

Warning on rigging

"It is one thing to rig and it is another to announce different results. Remember we had cases recently in NRM primaries. For example, in my constituency in Kanungu, the guys that won were not declared winners and those who were defeated were declared winners. So that's the new NRM style," he added.

"Something like that might happen, but you see that is like a coup and we have to handle it according to the attempt of the nature they make. So as you have seen, I have been giving people confidence, telling them to go and vote."

He also prided in gatherings at his rallies which he described as genuine.

"We have not ferried any single person. We have not even sent in bicycles to ferry anyone. They come voluntarily. Compare us to others who ferry people from all over presenting purported massive crowds---that is a sign of fear. Why would I ferry people?"

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