Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi has said Ugandans have already shed enough blood for the country and would not like to see more flow in 2016.
Amama made the remarks on Saturday while meeting NRM Poor Youth Forum youth at his Nakasero office in Kampala.
This was the first official meeting of the youth structure being led by the National Coordinator, Kato Isa.
The group also included heads of Amama 2016 Taskforce.
Mbabazi launched the structure and was pleased by its activities in popularizing his campaign, according to Kato.
“I am very pleased by your initiative to fight for rule of law and democracy within the NRM party and the Country at large, I thought you were being used by the state at first but I have realized, it’s a revolution. I am glad to be associated with you and your struggle,” Amama said.
He wondered why a leader of a revolution [President Yoweri Museveni] would wait until he is pushed out?
“The Country has shed enough blood for any change and this time we must crave for a bloodless change of power from one President to another for the first time since independence in 1962,” he recalled.
“Ugandans must appreciate that there are many people that shed their blood on a false promise that their struggle would end dictatorship.”
Amama said he did not want to join the rest to betray “these departed comrades” hence taking a path that would guarantee democracy or “else join the dead comrades”.
“President Museveni is promising Ugandans what he promised the dead comrades, air,” he is quoted telling the youth.
Only last week, some of the youth claiming to be allied to Amama were paid Shs 1.5m to defect to Museveni camp.
Amama who declared his presidential bid this year asked the youth never to give up their quest for good governance and rule of law.
Kato, in the meantime, dismissed as untrue a report saying NRM poor youth was contemplating sending some of its staff to Russia to learn how to control the Electoral Commission computer servers ahead of 2016 elections.
“That is mere propaganda,” Kato told us.