Presidential advisor, John Nagenda, is convinced that all those running against President Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 general elections are not capable of ruling Uganda.
“None of Museveni’s fellow candidates can run this country,” Nagenda said on NBS TV Thursday morning while giving a perspective on the current political situation.
“He [Museveni],” Nagenda continued, “is the only electable option.”
Those running against Museveni include; Amama Mbabazi, running under his loose pressure group, Go Forward, Abed Bwanika running for the third time under People’s Development Party, retired Major General Benon Biraaro running under the Uganda Farmers Party, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, a former Vice Chancellor at Makerere University running independently just like Joseph Mabirizi and Faith Maureen Kyalya Walube, a former presidential advisor on poverty alleviation in the Busoga sub-region and only female candidate and Forum for Democratic Change strongman, Kizza Besigye.
Nagenda wondered, for example, if former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, goes to the polls in February and they give him 5%, “how is he going to look himself in the mirror”?
“I would like to think that Amama Mbabazi is now regretting his moves that have brought him shame.”
Nagenda said it was quite comical that a person who was Prime Minister can be so little regarded by the electorate.
Asked if Mbabazi was a threat to Museveni, Nagenda cited the polls, saying 19 people out of 20 don’t think he [Amama also former ruling NRM Secretary General] has anything to contribute.
“Mbabaz’s peers don’t regard him highly, some don’t like him. Before announcing, he should have done a poll on himself.”
Besigye “has no charisma”
Nagenda then turned attention to the strongest opposition politician, Kizza Besigye, who is now running for president the fourth time, saying he had no courage to run the country.
“Will Besigye have the same amount of power, charisma and courage to run the country? What’s in Besigye’s past to indicate he can?” Nagenda wondered.
He said some people [like Museveni] give one the confidence to elect them.
“Besigye will lose the election for the 4th time,” Nagenda confidently stated.
He said come February 18, 2016 [Election Day] people will elect Museveni despite his messages which have been branded “stale” by critics.
The presidential advisor insisted that apart from the message, there is also the messenger and people will vote him.
“None of those people [the seven presidential candidates] have what it takes to run the country, that is why I think Museveni will win the election,” Nagenda concluded.
Vote out “useless” MPs
Nagenda also advised the electorate to vote out what he termed as “useless” representatives in Parliament.
“Cut these people (MPs) at source, if you do not use your vote seriously and well, it’s your fault.”
He said it was too ridiculous that Parliament of Uganda which legislates for this country, people just go there to sign [for allowances], if they do.
“If the electorate is listening to me, don’t forget to vote out those useless people who do not represent your interests.”
He advised that before individuals stand for Member of Parliament, they should have it in their heart of hearts that they will represent the people.
“My fear is that parliamentarians when they get there, get too comfortable, their first job should be to the people they represent.”
He said once elected, some MPs never go back to engage voters until they have to go back and seek their votes, again.
“When MPs get into Parliament, they should remember that they are there to represent the people, not their parties.”