President Yoweri Museveni told foreign media on Tuesday that the future of the presidency in Uganda depends on what the ruling party, National Resistance Movement, wants.
He made the revelation in an interview with Associated Press (AP) a Waldorf Astoria hotel suite in midtown Manhattan, US on the sidelines of the high-level U.N. meeting.
He said African countries could not afford political parties that caused rivalry and worse, internal party chaos, the reason NRM came up with the idea of sole candidature to curb such rivalry.
As for 2016 general elections, NRM picked Museveni to run as a sole candidate.
That is not all, he confirmed to AP that whoever NRM picks as its candidate, obviously wins the presidential election.
“The party, he started, “whoever the party chooses will win: Yes. Yes. Absolutely.”
Without beating about the bush, since the NRM chose him to stand in 2016, Museveni is sure he will obviously win the election.
The party will soon hold grassroots elections and confirm Museveni as their flag bearer for 2016.
“For the case of the opposition pushing for electoral reforms, they may as well look for something else to do because when the “party” decides that Museveni wins the 2016 election, it shall be done,” an observer has already noted.
Too much freedom, transition of power to his son
He said Ugandans had been given too much freedom to the extent that it is causing anarchy.
The same “free Ugandans” were trying to “bully” him out of power, he stated.
There has never been a peaceful transfer of power in Uganda but Museveni insisted it is provided for in the constitution.
He, however, said it was not him pushing for his son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to succeed him but the party once again (what NRM wants happens).
“Oh no, it is not what I like (Muhoozi succeeding him), it is what my party (NRM) wants and what the country needs.”
He further denied allegations that he was becoming a dictator by overstaying in power saying, “If anybody has been bullied, it is me,” but the only problem was that Ugandans always go on their knees begging him to stand again.
“Well, if they still want us, then we shall see that when we get there,” he said.
He said while he may not achieve all he set out to, he will at least due his duty.
“Some will be achieved while I’m in heaven, but I will play my role,” he noted, warning the West to stop their imperialist policies on the continent and leave African issues alone.