Jeema president Hon. Asuman Basalirwa has warned those who would seek to treat president Yoweri Museveni as a god that he is a human like any other.
Basalirwa was criticising the president on Wednesday for deposing elected leaders like Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.
“The president engaging elected leaders is good but my only disagreement is how it was done. Proper channels weren’t followed,” Basalirwa said while appearing on NBS TV.
He said IGP Gen Kale Kayihura attended the president’s meeting with Kampala councillors but wonders whether it was security matter or a public management issue.
“Museveni is a human like any other. Let’s not treat him like a god. What should be happening in Kampala is constructive engagement. It’s up to Mr Museveni.”
Basalirwa reiterated that in a meeting with councillors, the president described Lord Mayor Lukwago as “my stubborn son”.
The lawyer said the president must learn to use a reconciliatory language.
“If it wasn’t for pressure from various circles, the law that Fred Ruhindi attempted to introduce would have passed. Our State House has become a place stereotyped as a place where people are bought.”
Basalirwa said what is happening in Kampala is merely politics.
“It is merely failure to concede defeat on the part of the NRM. People of Kampala spoke a language that is different. They can elect you as president but elect an opposition figure as mayor.”
Appearing on the same show, former State House lawyer, Hussein Kashillingi, said the only solution for Kampala is taking politics out of Kampala.
“We can’t have politics and expect development.”
He added: “We shouldn’t have elected leaders in Kampala. KCCA should function like any other parastatal.”