President Yoweri Museveni says it was him who made Amama Mbabazi powerful and the former Prime Minister in turn became “big-headed”.
“Mbabazi is now fighting the very person who made him so powerful and made him get a ‘big head’,” Museveni told hundreds of NRM supporters who gathered at Katomi Resort hotel.
Museveni was hosted by Prof Gilbert Bukenya who recently defected from opposition back to the ruling party.
Museveni said Mbabazi spent most of his time (during the struggle) outside the country.
The president said he gave Mbabazi all the powerful positions [Prime Minister and NRM Secretary General] and “he did what he did but failed in some things”.
“He [Mbabazi] left a ‘weed-filled’ party, now we are battling issues he left.”
Museveni then turned to FDC’s Kizza Besigye saying he is fighting NRM because he didn’t get time to understand the NRM ideology after joining only in 1982.
“Whoever he was talking to, Besigye entered our army in August 1982, half way through the struggle.”
Museveni continued: “Three years later, Obote was gone, and we began government. He (Besigye) did not get time to understand the NRM ideology.”
He said when recruiting in the army, they don’t ask which region, tribe they (soldiers) come from.
“That is the base to a strong army.”
He said because of the strong army, Uganda is now peaceful.
“It [Uganda] has some money now. No wonder we can build roads using our money like the Masaka-Kampala highway.”
“Money is now increasing – we have not yet begun pumping our oil. When we do, we will have more money.”
On Bukenya’s defection, Museveni said he has forgiven the former Vice President all his trespasses.
“I have forgiven Bukenya; like the Bible says ‘when you turn away from evil ways…I am ready to work with him.”