The difference between TDA and Prof. Gilbert Bukenya is that The Democratic Alliance is about a cause and many politicians are about themselves, the coalition wrote after the former Vice President defected back to the ruling party.
As Uganda celebrated its 53rd independence anniversary, Bukenya used the opportunity to declare his support for President Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 election.
“There is no other candidate with the qualifications to run this country other than the incumbent president,” Bukenya told press on Friday at his home in Kakiri, Wakiso district.
“Bukenya has made a conscious decision to betray the cause and focus on himself, which in my view is perfectly ok for him. It is a big disappointment but not surprising,” TDA wrote in a social media message.
Bukenya is one of the signatories to the TDA Protocol and was also nominated for the TDA joint presidential flag bearer under his pressure group Pressure for National Unity (PNU).
Bukenya competed with three others including Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer Dr. Kizza Besigye, Go Forward Pro-Change leader Amama Mbabazi and Democratic Party (DP) president Nobert Mao.
However, TDA Summit failed to reach consensus on one candidate to represent TDA forcing Bukenya who accused the alliance of greed to cross back to NRM.
Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze, wrote: I don’t know why I have not missed Prof Bukenya ….some how many people if not all in the Opposition hadn’t accepted him neither was he taken seriously….”
She added: “it’s normal to feel some uneasiness about his u-turn but surely these are things we must expect…..the struggle shall definitely produce casualties…. And this should give us more reasons to fight harder.”
Bukenya fights back
Bukenya says his only intention is to support Museveni as a presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.
“I did not take any money like many of my adversaries have said. I left The Democratic Alliance (TDA) because none of the members there was willing to answer my questions,” he is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.
“I had gone to TDA to look for wisdom. Unfortunately, I did not find any as most of the members had selfish interests.”
Addressing his supporters at his home in Kakiri, Wakiso district on Tuesday, the former VP said Mbabazi and Besigye did not convince him well enough as regards the fight against poverty and unemployment.
“I was so demoralized when the opposition failed to offer any convincing solutions to the above challenges of Buganda and Uganda yet my intentions were to develop Buganda and Uganda as a whole,” he is quoted as saying.
Gets guards, replaced in PNU party
Reports say the new convert has been given military guards to keep him safe from possible dangers ahead.
We are also told he has already re-borrowed Museveni airs and now talks, walks and wears his hat exactly like the president.
Meanwhile, the National Executive Committee of the Pressure for National Unity (PNU) has chosen an interim leader to replace Bukenya.
Addressing the media in Rubaga on Monday, the organisation’s National Treasurer, Patrick Lwanga is quoted by URN saying Bukenya did not consult the party on his decision to support president Museveni in the 2016 elections.
Through its ten-man National Executive Committee, the party has appointed Eng. Christopher Ssenyimba, the current advisor to Prof. Bukenya, as the interim President General.
In a latest video, Bukenya says he first met president Museveni in his (Museveni’s) car because he didn’t want to be seen.
“Those who say I took money or consulted a witchdoctor before making up my mind to support him (president Museveni) have no brains to run this country,” Bukenya narrates.
He says on meeting Museveni, the president promised to fight poverty and land issues.
According to The Observer, Bukenya during the State House Entebbe and Kisozi farm meetings apologized for talking ill against the president.
The former VP said he was angered by corruption cases brought against him and being incarcerated in Luzira prisons.