Amama Mbabazi says the Ugandan army [UPDF] will not support President Yoweri Museveni’s plan to cling onto power.
Amama who says he was the architect behind security agencies in the country was on Monday addressing a rally at Gold Course grounds in Masaka.
“Time for change has come. Change is the only constant,” he emphasised.
He said in Uganda, governments still change after wars yet the country has been independent for 53 years.
“It’s no longer possible for incumbents to use the army to cling onto power,” he quickly observed.
He added: “I know UPDF can’t be used to do such.”
To the contrary, President Museveni talks about the strength of the UPDF and how they won’t allow anyone disorganise his leadership.
On several occasions, the president address UPDF as “my army” which he says he built from scratch.
Although Mbabazi claims UPDF is a professional army, all odds show the army is controlled by Museveni and will as such do his bidding.
The army has been on several occasions cited in partisan politics especially leaning towards the ruling party.
Soldiers like Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, Brig Elly Kayanja have been seen openly campaigning or doing work promoting the NRM.
Rt Maj Roland Kakooza Mutale was training militias to make way for Museveni’s return to power in 2016.
In 2001, he unleashed his militias to beat up people and force them to vote Museveni.
In Kanungu, during the NRM primaries, the army took over a tallying centre aiding in election malpractice after which the election results were cancelled when candidates complained.
Yet, Mbabazi says power belongs to the people and that if they decide to change this government, “it will change”.
Mbabazi promised to make UPDF a pro-people army.
He also promised to end police brutality, the use of teargas and restore people’s right to free assembly.
Mbabazi says he will return power back to the people once elected in 2016 general elections.
“Having served with Museveni for 30 years, I have now decided to do the right thing.”