FDC strongman, Kizza Besigye, says President Yoweri Museveni duped Amama Mbabazi into thinking he was the next possible successor only to throw him out of the NRM government.
Besigye made the remarks while campaigning in Budadiri West Sironko district on Monday.
Besigye said Museveni won’t be leaving power soon as he promised.
Speaking to press recently in Arua, Museveni said he would leave power if he lost the elections or if he wins, he would step down after clocking 75 years.
Museveni promised to respect the constitution pledging not to amend it like he did in 2006.
By then, the Constitution was amended to remove term limits and allow Museveni to stand again as president.
Besigye said this is the usual talk but Museveni won’t respect the constitution.
“You have heard Mbabazi saying they parted ways because Museveni lied to him that this term was his last. He has been doing that for many years.”
“If you vote him, he will start by changing the constitution to stay in power,” Besigye said laughing at the same time.
Fooling Mbabazi as a successor
Besigye said Amama had thought himself as those nearer to the national cake only to realise too late.
“When I started criticising Museveni, Mbabazi said I was jumping the queue,” Besigye told a rally.
“He [Mbabazi] said he was nearer in the line of successors.”
Besigye says that as such, Amama sat and waited only to realise that his chance would never come.
That is when Mbabazi jumped out; but not after he was disgracefully sacked both as Prime Minister and NRM Secretary General.
Mbabazi tried to stand as the NRM party chairman but was harassed till he gave up on party primaries.
He resolved to stand as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential race but has been hounded together with his supporters up-to-date.
It is said Museveni had told those who went with him to the bush that he would rule for a certain period and then leave power for others.
Some had died still waiting.