Museveni accuses Mbabazi of dividing his cabinet

President Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi during the NRM party retreat at Kyankwanzi

President Museveni and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi during the NRM party retreat at Kyankwanzi

Ugandan President Yower Museveni has accused former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi of dividing cabinet.

During a Tuesday luncheon with the outgoing ministers at State House Entebbe, Museveni accused an unnamed individual of fomenting divisions within the outgoing Cabinet but quickly added that his efforts were in futility.

Citing challenges faced by his cabinet, Museveni said, “There were some institutional ones which will be remembered especially internal treachery. One individual worked within us and wanted to divide us. I’m not wrong to say that at least 99.99% of Cabinet stuck together. This Cabinet was steadfast.”

Although a statement issued by President’s Press Secretary Linda Nabusayi did not quote the Museveni naming the individual he accused of trying to divide Cabinet, he (Museveni) in a September 2014 lone reshuffle sacked Mbabazi from Cabinet, accusing him of trying to disunite his cabinet and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

The Banyankole have a proverb, “Owa yekuba ekikungu a shana na kyo,” (When you sit near the red anthill, you will also get the colour of the anthill), the President said, emphasizing that when the NRM came from the bush, they preached the philosophy of unity and oneness.

“You don’t think about religion you don’t think about tribes,” he said on Tuesday.

Subsequently, Mbabazi challenged his former boss, Museveni in the highly contested February 2016 presidential elections in which he managed to get only 1 percent of the total votes counted against Museveni who garnered more than 60 percent, according to the Electoral Commission chairman Badru Kiggundu.

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