Independent presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, has told voters in Rubirizi and Buhweju districts that despite pushing for change, he is a still a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement party.
According to Mbabazi, he decided to push for change after the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni diverted from the ideal that pushed them into the liberation struggle.
“Am still a member of NRM who fought for the good cause of liberating the country but President Museveni has swerved away from the real causes and that is why am in the struggle,” he said.
He added that: “During the bush war we shed a lot of blood, which meant liberating the country but poor standards of living, household poverty, high level of corruption, poor health services forced me and other members to think of changing the leadership of Uganda without any other bloodshed.”
Mbabazi also brushed off calls by some supporters to return the NRM membership card since he had opted to start his Go Forward pressure group to take on NRM.
“I return the card to these people who found me in my party!! NRM is here, am NRM. There is no other member in the party who knows NRM better than me,” he said.
According to Mbabazi, it is for this reason that party functionaries have decided to go after the people associating with him.
“That is why when I went to radio Endiggyito on Tuesday, I heard later that it had been closed under unclear circumstances,” he said.
Mbabazi also went to Radio West and found it closed.
He said president Museveni’s government is showing signs of losing the elections.
On his campaign pledges, Mbabazi promised to introduce Health Insurance at just Shs 1000 each month.
He also promised to create 5000 jobs in Rubirizi to address youths unemployment.
He also promised to do everything possible in collaboration with Uganda Wildlife Authority to stop game animals from Queen Elizabeth national park from attacking Rubirizi residents.
Mbabazi promised to tarmac Nyakashaka-Birere road in Buhweju district and construct a government hospital each district.