“If I wanted to be president, I wouldn’t have supported the removal of term limits,” Amama Mbabazi told journalists in Gulu town on Wednesday.
“Mine is not ambition,” he pressed on, adding, “It is fighting for principles.”
Mbabazi says he left the ruling party after disagreeing with the chairman, President Yoweri Museveni, on deviation from the original principles.
“I left NRM because it deviated from core founding objectives.”
He added: “I have been accused of having plotted against NRM while still inside, that is not true.”
Mbabazi says if his earlier ambition was to be president, he would not have backed scrapping of term limits in 2006.
Addressing press in Arua town yesterday, Mbabazi said he had no part in the embezzlement of Shs 5bn meant for Peace Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda.
The money was reportedly transferred to the Crisis Management and Recovery account, from where it was siphoned.
The principal accountant in the Prime Minister’s Office, Geoffrey Kazinda, was in 2012 arrested and remanded to Luzira Prison over the mismanagement.
Mbabazi says a Prime Minister does not handle money allocated to his department.
“A prime minister is not responsible for funds. I can’t blame Nsibambi [Apollo, a former PM] or myself. Government has a bureaucracy for that.”
The PM is the leader of government business in parliament and he coordinates all government activities and functions as they are assigned by the President.
“Talk by MP Odonga Otto that I used funds to buy an armoured vehicle or a Benz. That’s nonsense. The Benz was properly bought for me,” he told press in Gulu today.
“Who was in charge of stealing? Was I in charge of stealing? No. I oppose corruption and stealing,” Mbabazi emphasised saying the Attorney General’s report is clear on who had questions to answer.
Mbabazi says his intention is to restore term limits and bring about peaceful transition of power.
Term limits were scrapped in 2006 with the backing of Mbabazi himself and Members of Parliament allowing Museveni to stand again as president.
Museveni said this time round he will respect the 75 years constitutional age limit and leave power.
On vote rigging, Mbabazi asked voters to stay behind and protect votes.
“We have mechanisms to curb computerised manipulations of results.”