Mbabazi denies Museveni meet, VP deal


Museveni and Amama at a function


Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, has denied ever meeting President Yoweri Museveni or entering a deal to become a Vice President.

Amama spoke following a report saying he had met Museveni in the presence of Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, in Kampala to try and talk him out of standing in 2016 presidential elections.

Citing Museveni anxiety, the report said the President offered to make Mbabazi his deputy and even give him executive powers which Amama declined.

Mbabazi lost the positions of prime minister and NRM secretary general late last year for allegedly harbouring presidential ambitions.

It is said in his latest meeting with Museveni, Amama was promised the position of President come 2021 when Museveni expects to retire from politics.

It will also be the end of Museveni’s 5th term.

In a meeting reportedly attended by Museveni’s younger brother, Gen Salim Saleh, and the minister for Internal Affairs, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, Museveni allegedly suggested an amendment of Article 108 of the constitution to replace the vice president with a deputy president, like its done in Kenya changing the ceremonial Ugandan VP system.

Mbabazi denies meeting

The report prompted Allan Kasujja, a Ugandan journalist working with the BBC, to contact Amama.

“Good morning sir- So did you discuss the possibility of becoming President Museveni’s Deputy President with him?” Kasujja inquired in a social media, Twitter message.

Amama denied the report saying it was not true.

“That report is not true. I have neither met nor discussed that or any subject with the President in the last seven months,” Mbabazi said.

Museveni, Amama will meet in Kanungu  

The two leaders will possibly meet on Sunday in Kanungu district.

Museveni is expected to officiate at celebrations to mark 100 years of Christianity in Kinkiizi diocese to be held at St. Mark Cathedral Nyakatare in Kanungu town council.

While Museveni is the chief guest, Mbabazi is the chairperson organizing committee making it more possible for the two to meet without any further ado.

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