Deputy parliament speaker aspirant Hon. Mohammed Nsereko has criticised President Yoweri Museveni for interfering in parliamentary matters.
“After the rigorous pro-Oulanyah campaign led by President Museveni, many expected me to step aside but I am not,” Nsereko told NBS television on Monday.
He said during the State House meeting on Sunday, President Museveni said having Nsereko [deputy] and Hon. Rebecca Kadaga [speaker] is risky.
“I told Mr Museveni that my right to stand is constitutional. Then the president said if I disagree, I should leave. Then I left.”
Nsereko says if NRM is very certain about Jacob Oulanyah, why then call all these meetings?
“The pressure is on them. I am still in the deputy speakership race. I am not stepping aside for a deputy speaker made in State House.”
He added: “Whereas I am dependent on their support, my views are independent of anyone. I am staying in the race.”
Nsereko said Museveni’s comments on the International Criminal Court [ICC] “are uncalled for and demeaning”.
He said foreign envoys were right to walk out of Museveni’s swearing.
According to the Kampala Central MP, many African leaders feel the ICC is threatening their hegemony hence calls for en masse departure.
He said Ugandans were dragged into the ICC and there is a procedure for leaving.
“Parliament should be given reason. President Museveni shouldn’t interfere with Parliament affairs or dictate a deputy speaker onto Ugandans.”
He continued: “If Museveni doesn’t want the West to interfere in Uganda’s affairs, he shouldn’t interfere in the affairs of Parliament.”
“Museveni has a right to his views (which are not shared by everyone). He should leave room for the views of others,” Nsereko concluded.