President Yoweri Museveni has denied allegations that presidential candidate, Amama Mbabazi, is controlling his government by remote.
Addressing press at State Lodge Soroti on Tuesday, Museveni said Mbabazi can’t control the ruling party, NRM as has been circulated by sections of politicians.
“He [Mbabazi] is not a problem,” Museveni said.
“He is out of the system.”
Museveni said although Amama is said to have friends within the ruling government, “they are acting stealthily”.
In November while addressing press at State House Entebbe, Museveni said “Unless Ugandans are mad they cannot support Amama Mbabazi or Kizza Besigye”.
Museveni called the duo opportunists and liars saying there will be no tight race agisnt him in 2016 elections.
“Unless Ugandans are mad, they can’t support Mbabazi. Why?”
Museveni also revealed that he sacked from the position of Prime Minister in September 2014 for spreading lies that he [the president] was grooming his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to succeed him as president.
Speaking in Soroti today, Museveni said when Mbabazi was PM, he could do something but now that he is out, he is out.
Yet Mbabazi says when he was in Museveni’s government, he was powerless and couldn’t do anything.
Museveni dismissed as propaganda talk that Amama, the former NRM Secretary General was also controlling the ruling party on remote.
The president said that would have been possible if Mbabazi was still SG but his ties are now being exaggerated.
“Controlling government remotely? Those things…he is not controlling things. Now that he is out, he is out.”
The president earlier said at a rally that only NRM can manage Uganda.
The president also hinted at the issue of NRM members who lost primaries and are now going independent.
“CEC [Central Executive Committee] discussed issue of independents and our general idea is to discourage independents,” Museveni revealed.
He said those [members] with complaints are to discuss with top officials.