Loose-tongued presidential advisor on media, Tamale Mirundi, has just named former Vice President, Gilbert Bukenya, a “coffin image politician”.
Mirundi was earlier Tuesday appearing on NBS TV morning breeze.
New Vision quoted Bukenya telling electorate in Masaka last week that he was once left in President Yoweri Museveni’s office and that the burden was a heavy one.
When challenged about why he agreed to work under Kizza Besigye and Amama Mbabazi in The Democratic Alliance [TDA] when he has the capacity and experience to stand on his own, Bukenya said he has not yet appended his signature on the TDA resolutions.
Having served for a week as president while President Museveni was abroad, Bukenya who is on a lone presidential campaign says he is now experienced.
After baptising Bukenya a “coffin image politician”, Mirundi elaborated that “coffins scare people but they never harm anyone”.
Mirundi said when Bukenya became VP, he called the president’s dog to appoint him Minister of information.
“I told him that he isn’t the president,” Mirundi noted, explaining Bukenya’s powerlessness.
Bukenya said that he fell out with the NRM government because of some self-seeking members, a character that has been portrayed excessively in TDA to the disappointment of many.
Bukenya who heads the Pressure for National Unity group and was one of the contenders in TDA kick-started collecting signatures from the districts of Masaka, Lwengo, Ssembabule, Rakai, Kampala, Eastern districts and Karamoja sub region.
Bukenya’s sole presidential chase comes after the collapse of TDA at the peak of tensions between Amama and Besigye.
Meanwhile, former Kampala Mayor, Nasser Ntege Ssebagala, says the Democratic Alliance collapsed due to failure to include all opposition within the country.
Weighing in on the recent failure by the alliance to announce a joint candidate for the 2016 general elections, Ssebagala told URN that the collapse was brought by the summit’s exclusion of many opposition voices, which could have boosted the alliance.
Ssebagala, who has expressed interest in vying for the presidency in the 2016 general elections, however, noted that it was not too late for the coalition to go back to the drawing board to strategise.