5 US presidents left Museveni in power-Biraaro


Biraaro campaigning in eastern Uganda [New Vision photo]

Retired Major General, Benon Biraaro, says five American presidents have served and left power but Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni still insists on leading.

Biraaro, a former high-ranking commander in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), fell out with his boss in 2008.

He is now a Presidential candidate representing the Farmers Party of Uganda in the 2016 general elections.

Speaking to NTV in eastern Uganda after concluding his campaigns days back, Biraaro said Museveni lied to them while in the bush that he would not hold onto power.

Biraaro said the President promised to hand over his seat way back in the 90’s once the country stabilised but has since pushed on giving himself more years.

“When we captured power in 1986 Mr. Museveni promised to rule only five years and that after he will start looking after his cows! I never knew cows would be Ugandans,” Biraaro said.

“This is what he used to tell us in the bush. He said no one from his family was even an LC chairperson, that he was not hankering for power and would leave after stabilising Uganda.”

Biraaro said they captured power when Ronald Wilson Reagan was president of US.

“He has since died.”

Reagan was an American politician and actor, who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

He was followed by George Herbert Walker Bush [Sr.] who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, and the 43rd Vice President of the United States (1981–1989).

Then William Jefferson Clinton, commonly known as Bill Clinton, who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.

He was followed by George Walker Bush [Jr.] who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Then came Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th and current President of the United States, as well as the first African American to hold the office.

“Obama is going but Museveni says he can still lead. That is ridiculous,” Biraaro pointed out.

The former soldier blames Ugandans who still vote Museveni into power.

“He has been campaigning since last year using state resources.”

“The moment you show you want to change leadership legitimately, police will attack you. If you challenge him you are an enemy to the nation.”

Biraaro also criticised the training of crime preventers which he called “a seed of arming ignorance”.

Prison for corrupt people

He also promised to build a special prison for people convicted of corruption if he is elected president as a way of fighting the vice that has become a cancer to the economy.

“If you elect me president, I will use the first two years to build a special prison in Kidepo National Park in Karamoja where those convicted of corruption will be confined. I want them imprisoned here because if they try to escape from prison, they would be eaten by lions,” Biraaro said.

Biraaro said because of corruption and bad governance, healthcare in the country had become “sick”, promising to revamp it by ensuring that all health centres have enough drugs.

Speaking in Kayunga Town and Nazigo Trading Centre on Sunday, he promised to increase the agriculture budget to Shs10 trillion.






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