Uganda: Don't Push Me Back to Politics - Mukula Tells Soroti

20 January 2020

Former Member of Parliament for Soroti Municipality, Mike Mukula has asked people of Soroti not to force him back into politics but instead be receptive to his development agenda and that of the ruling NRM government.

"Do me a favour don't fight the government, and remember to vote for president Museveni," the former legislator, who is also Vice-chairperson for NRM eastern region said, adding that he is not ready for any comeback despite pleas from people.

"I said enough is enough but I will not forget you, I will serve irrespective of my being out of politics."

Mukula was addressing staff of Princes Diana Health Centre IV and local politicians in Soroti Municipality on Sunday, as he handed over an ambulance that he had taken for repair.

He noted that the second ambulance that was grounded for being in a poor condition was also being repaired in Kampala, and would be delivered in the shortest time possible.

"It may take us over Shs40m to have it back, but it is worth it because people need services," he explained.

Mr Mukula pronounced his position on politics in May 2015, during his thanksgiving ceremony at Soroti sports ground after he was released from Luzira prisons where he had been briefly incarcerated over GAVI funds, which were allegedly misappropriated during his tenure as State Minister for Health.

The emotional Mukula told his supporters that he would not appear on any ballot paper, but his former supporters are attempting to lure him back into Soroti municipality politics, which have since been dominated by FDC.

On Sunday, Mukula said, there was a gap in Soroti municipality that needs to be corrected, citing lack of coordination between the leaders and the people of Soroti town.

"Things come from the centre but there is no coordination to steer development," he tactfully said.

Mr Latiff Abudul, councillor for central ward at Soroti municipality, who was also his campaign manager said, "Let people embrace the development Mukula is doing outside politics. They know what he went through, but for now, let him execute his businesses and bring back the proceeds for our development."

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