President Yoweri Museveni says he has forgiven his former vice president, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, and forgotten the ugly past.
The president made the remarks at Katomi Kingdom hotel along Entebbe road last week where he was invited by Bukenya.
“I have forgiven Bukenya. Just like the Bible says you’re forgiven when you turn away from evil ways. Am ready to work with him,” Museveni told the crowd that had gathered at the hotel.
Museveni even addresses the former Vice President-turned critic to supporter again as “Your excellency Prof Gilbert Bukenya”.
He took a swipe at Amama Mbabazi, the former Prime Minister, saying he made him so powerful only for Amama to develop “a big head”.
He said unlike Mbabazi, Bukenya realised the truth that he couldn’t fight what he belongs to [NRM].
The president then took another swipe at opposition leaders who have consistently asked him to leave.
“They [opposition] ask me to go (retire), then you ask, what about them? (Those saying I go) should also go…” he advised.
Museveni then went into how Uganda has a lot of her own of money and will have even more once the country starts pumping oil.
“Uganda is now peaceful, it has its own money to build roads, offer education. The future of Uganda brighter like never before.”
He also proposed a 2-year ban on land transactions in Buganda region to allow for a review of land laws as suggested by Bukenya.
Bukenya asks critics to go hang
“Am not the only mad person, all these people are with me in supporting President Museveni,” Bukenya reminded haters.
He continued: “Those who fight Museveni say he’s taken away their peace. Do they know that they’ve taken away my peace since I turned to him?”
Bukenya said his attacks on President Museveni have stopped and he doesn’t mind what critics say about him or his U-turn.
“Museveni has the best solutions to eradicate poverty, solve land grabbing, creation of agriculture markets and creation of employment.”
Turning to critics, Bukenya advised the lot to “go hang”, clarifying thus: “I have a choice to support whoever I want. I will support President Museveni…Respect my choice.”
A month or so back, Museveni said the population should give leaders a breathing space to rest and maintain their energy.
“Population shouldn’t pressure them a lot,” he said at prayers for the late Internal Affairs minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, held in Kololo.