Bush war hero and ruling NRM historical, Maj Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza, has asked his commander-in-chief, Gen Yoweri Museveni, to call an urgent meeting to discuss his exit from power.
Kyaligonza was speaking to NTV at his Serena offices in Kampala saying he personally wants to see a smooth transition of power from Museveni.
“Let the president call a meeting of the NRM top organs of the National Executive Council and Central Executive Committee and we discuss the matter [sucession]”.
A member of UPDF High Command, Kyaligonza thinks the discussion will secure the safety of the country.
“Our dear president has also made it very clear. Presidency is not like hereditary club. He should call NEC or CEC and let us discuss. We used to discuss matters in the bush really.”
Kyaligonza also said he is currently authoring a book titled: “Beyond the hills” and chronicling the intricacy of power.
He, however, denied defying the president by this talk.
“I can defy any other person but Museveni is still the president and I respect him.”
Kyaligonza is currently embroidered in a feud with Museveni’s son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo [husband to Patience], over the NRM vice chairman for Western Uganda position.
In a telephone interview on CBS radio’s feature programme “Nze nga bwendaba,” loosely translated as “the way I see it,” Kyaligonza said he was not happy with Rwabwogo.
“If I meet him [Rwabwogo] somewhere and he says that I know nothing I will give him a hot slap,” the fighter threatened.
Kyaligonza who has been vice chairman for western Uganda since NRM was formally registered as a political party is quoted by The Observer, asking whether Rwabwogo, a 45 year-old, is “the one who brought us here? If you want to succeed your father do you kill him in order to get the inheritance?”
On CBS radio, Kyaligonza suggested that if Rwabwogo wants the historicals to go, he should start with Museveni, his father-in-law who they [historicals] helped bring in power.
“Youths shouldn’t think that they will start with wanting to be president. Let them start at the LC-I then we see how they behave. But when you say that the old guard are “bazeeyi” [old] and they don’t know what they are saying then we shall have problems,” he is further quoted as saying.
“I hear he is being supported by the first family, I will shame the first family by defeating him. He is saying that he is coming from the first family? Is mine the second family? Even mine is a first family. We shall shame him and abuse him.”
Kyaligonza made it clear that they [historicals] “don’t want familiarity because when we came [into power] we didn’t disrespect people”.
Meanwhile, a former Housing state minister and member of the Central Executive Committee, Captain Francis Babu, says the culture of ring-fencing seats in the NRM party is alien.
Babu says the old guard should embrace competition.
Mutale is a sycophant
Kyaligonza further told NTV that the utterances of Maj Roland Kakooza Mutale who that he is a sycophant.
Mutale of Kalangala Action Plan, a torture group says he will do anything possible to bring Museveni back into power including eliminating the latter’s opponents.
Likewise, Kyaligonza is not happy that he has not been promoted in the army since 1988.
He was only promoted once to brigadier, a rank he has held for 26 years.
“This new promotion to a Major General was just a formality on retirement but in essence I’m still a brigadier.”