Col Shaban Bantariza, the deputy executive director of Uganda Media Centre, a government media relations agency, says they are not afraid of Amama Mbabazi because he is not Jesus.
“Yes, anybody who wants to transform the country is welcome but he should tell us why he is objecting to the rules of the party,” Col Bantariza is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.
“If Mbabazi is a new Jesus who will make miracles, then let him be. The problem with Mbabazi is that he doesn’t clearly show what he is talking about.”
He said Mbabazi has been in the government for the past decades but has not made any changes apart from “lying to people of the changes but what will he do?”
“Let him be clear and tell us the changes we should expect, otherwise there is no change he is talking about.”
While appearing on NBS TV Morning Breeze on Friday, Col Bantariza said the government “is not scared of Hon. Mbabazi”, in response to his and Kiiza Besigye’s Thursday arrest.
“We thank him (Mbabazi) for being a gentle man and conducting himself well yesterday (Thursday) when he was stopped by the Police.”
He said Amama took shortcuts which do not follow the NRM party rules and that was why the Police had to act in that manner.
Col.Bantariza said Besigye, on the other hand, had no serious offense but did not inform the Police in time about his rally.
Amb. Henry Mayega-NRM Mobilizer, who was appearing on the same show, said as long as someone goes against the law, the government will always apply this means of caution as is the case in arrests of Amama and Besigye.
“The constitution of the NRM is clear that whoever wants to campaign under the Party must wait for the road map from the Electoral Commission,” Mayega pointed out.