Ugandan activist David Nyekorach Matsanga has said he will support President Yoweri Museveni in the February 18 poll but vie for the post in 2021.
Matsanga, known for his tough stance against the International Criminal Court, said he could not vie in the general election as most candidates are from the same region.
“I cannot vie or vote in the election, whose main contenders are from one ethnic group and have all been fighters,” he said.
“There are millions calling me to declare my stance in the upcoming election but it’s better to support one candidate, for a peaceful Uganda, until 2021 when I will throw my hat in the ring.”
In a statement on Tuesday, he said he will run for President under one of the existing parties, adding he is strategising, mobilising resources and organising his people
Matsanga asked Museveni to steer peace and stability “so he can hand the legacy to me to push for a better Uganda”.
The activist lauded the veteran President’s efforts in the fight against HIV/Aids, push for free primary education and his economic and social achievements.
“President Museveni has created a middle class that will change things in Uganda, without a gun or a coup,” he noted.
Matsanga denied claims he is part of the Lord’s Resistance Army that operated in northern Uganda as an agent of militarism and money, but was pushed out.
He once served as LRA spokesman and representative of its leader Joseph Kony. He asked for amnesty from Museveni in June 2010 and was pardoned for his past links to LRA.
The army has carried out operations in CAR, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and left at least 20,000 people dead and up to two million displaced over a period of 20 years.
In 2008, the United States Institute of Peace reported that talks to end the havoc caused by the army were underway in Juba, South Sudan. But the talks hit bumps, with Kony refusing to sign peace agreements.
Matsanga said: “Museveni and Ugandans must appreciate that most of us lost our
resources for the sake of peace and are grappling with the effects of the indebtedness which peace talks brought to families in exile.”
The activist told off leaders opposed to Museveni’s leadership saying they are among those responsible for hindering democracy in Uganda.
“The current opposition leaders in Uganda helped maim democracy by removing term limits and they are the same people who are against the President today,” he said.
“I want to preserve Museveni’s legacy and the political history which late President Milton Obote stood for as part of the Pan African dream with a new dispensation in Uganda politics.”