President Yoweri Museveni has placed blame on his former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, for the problems the ruling party is facing including the chaotic concluded NRM primaries.
“The NRM secretariat died when it was under my young brother Mbabazi,” the president is quoted by New Vision said while apologizing to delegates for the problems arising from the NRM primaries.
Mbabazi was the NRM party Secretary General until December last year when he was kicked out and replaced by Kasule Lumumba.
“The NRM garden had grown weeds in Mbabazi’s time,” Museveni continued his lamentation while opening the NRM delegates conference at Namboole stadium yesterday.
The president was angry at those who have engaged in vote rigging and voter bribery.
“Why should people steal votes when you are there? You should not allow it,” he said.
On the bloody battles that characterized the primaries, Museveni said no one had a right to beat up a fellow Ugandan.
He said those engaged in rigging are diverting from NRM principles of unity, truth, sacrifice and patriotism.
“NRM always follows the truth. All the problems we have had in the party primaries is because people are not following those principles. That is why you find people hiding ballot papers to vote more than once.”
He hit at Amama again saying failure to follow the principles was why “some people interfere with the register”.
Amama is accused of hiding and supergluing on the NRM register forcing the party to register members afresh and compile a new register.
Mbabazi was away in UK taking care of his sick wife, Jacqueline, during the NRM primaries.
Meanwhile, it has become a habit for the ruling party to blame every failure on Mbabazi.
Recently, police chief, Kale Kayihura, dispatched crime preventers across the country to re-update the register in fear that Amama had infiltrated the electoral commission.
Currently, Museveni was also angry at members who are in NRM to enrich themselves.