The NRM National Vice Chairperson Eastern region and Member of Parliament for Soroti municipality, Capt. Mike Mukula, says the over stay in power by president Yoweri Museveni has been quite a blessing to the country.
Mukula was appearing on NBS TV morning breeze alongside Israel Mayengo, a former Ugandan diplomat.
Mayengo was of the view that “Uganda is permanent and President Museveni is temporary” saying his over stay will destroy than build the country.
“Most wars fought in Africa are because the leader has stayed in power for too long,” he pointed out.
To the contrary, Mukula reminded the diplomat that the constitution allows Museveni to stand as president for as many times as he wants.
“The long stay of Museveni has been a blessing to Uganda,” Mukula said.
He said the biggest challenges Uganda faces are poverty and unemployment and these issues have to be tackled under Museveni’s guardianship.
As far as Amama Mbabazi who is challenging the president is concerned, Mukula noted that while many people believe that President Museveni was playing an underhand with Mbabazi, this was not the case.
He said Mbabazi’s declaration as an independent means that he is no longer part of the NRM party yet “come 2016 the NRM with come out with an outstanding victory”.
Mukula said when Mbabazi went to Kyadondo it was obvious that he had issues with the NRM regulations.
“Mbabazi wasn’t crying foul, he was merely playing politics,” Mukula said, adding, “I wish Mbabazi the best and we shall meet in the political arena next year.”
He reminded the former NRM Secretary General that NRM historicals have a stake in this country, yet they are quiet.
While picking nomination forms, Museveni said it was NRM historicals that had asked him to pick the forms and stand again because they still believed in him.
Mukula says some of these historicals are in the army.
Mukula says Mbabazi who opinion polls continue to show as lagging behind Kizza Besigye “faces a large hurdle because the opposition he fought is the one whose support he now seeks”.
The former Premier is hesitant to join the opposition democratic alliance for fear Besigye (who remains the opposition favourite) may outshine him.
Standing on an independent ticket, according to Mukula, even worsens Mbabazi’s chances against Museveni.