I’ll leave power if I lose elections-Museveni


President Yoweri Museveni has said he will peacefully leave power and go home incase he loses elections in 2016.

“I will peacefully hand over power if I lose the elections,” Museveni told press at State Lodge Arua after holding a rally in the town.

“How would I stay and be president if I lose elections,” Museveni responded to a journalist who wanted to know what the president will do if he is defeated in 2016 general elections.

Museveni who has ruled for 30 years is running against seven candidates including his former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, his former bush war doctor, Kizza Besigye, among the powerful contenders.

The confident Museveni, however, dismissed the possibility of being defeated in elections citing weakness of his rivals.

“I can’t be intimidated,” Museveni said, adding that his rivals had nothing to offer Ugandans.

The president said that while his rivals accuse him of rigging votes, he has actually been losing in some parts of northern Uganda.

“If they say Kiggundu [Eng Badru the electoral commission chairman] has been cheating for me, how come we were losing in districts like Arua?” he queried.

The president denied being power hungry saying he was instead mission hungry.

“No. I am not power hungry, but mission hungry. I am not in politics to look for money. It’s not my job,” he said.

He added: “You know I am a farmer. If I lose elections, I will go to Rwakitura. I am a cattle keeper.”

Museveni then took a swing at Besigye saying he run away from the government in 2001 when it had so many problems.

“Besigye and Mbabazi think they can get rid of people with a proven record. Why don’t they want to work with people with experience to solve Uganda problems?”

“Besigye is thinking about his reckless plan of increasing wages at the expense of infrastructure. We are putting the main money on things that are used by everybody.”

He said Besigye wants to destroy prioritization with his recklessness.

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