Nganda: Museveni using Akena to weaken opposition


Museveni decorates Akena

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni’s appointments of opposition members is intended to compromise and in turn weaken them, says the Kyadondo County North Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda.

According to Ssemujju, this only serves to undermine the principle of democracy in the country.

Citing Luwero district chairman Al-Hajji Abdu Nadduli’d appointment as minister without portfolio, Ssemujju said, “Museveni does not look at the capability of people. He just plays politics. When he is appointing people, it’s either a reward or he is just compromising you. What track record does Nadduli have?”

He made the remarks on Saturday while appearing on Capital Gang a political talkshow aired on Capital Fm.

Citing more examples, Ssemujju said president Museveni once appointed Tarsis Kabwegyere to serve in his government as minister not because he was capable but because he felt pity for him.

“When asked why he had appointed Kabwegyere in his last cabinet, Museveni said the man (Kabwegyere) had a sick wife battling cancer and therefore he needed money to meet her medical bills,” said Ssemujju.

He further revealed that Museveni wanted to appoint Uganda People Congress (UPC)’s Jimmy Akena as a minister but it needed the clearance of UPC national council, which consequently complicated his appointment.

Akena who is the president of one section of UPC party and doubles as the Lira Municipality Member of Parliament is the son of former president the late Milton Obote.

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