Government spokesman, Ofwono Opondo, wonders whether FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, has no brains of his own and depends on President Yoweri Museveni to think.
Opondo was responding to Museveni’s decision to duck out of the presidential live TV debate scheduled for January 15, 2015.
Appearing on NBS TV Wednesday morning, Opondo said even David Cameron [British politician who has served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2010, as Leader of the Conservative Party since 2005 and as the Member of Parliament for Witney since 2001] shunned such a debate last year.
According to Opondo, Cameron was “convinced it [debate] wasn’t going to add value” and so does Museveni.
“Is Mr Besigye saying without Museveni, he has no brain of his own?” Opondo wondered.
He advised the other candidates to debate among themselves.
Amama Mbabazi, Abed Bwanika and Prof Venansius Baryamureeba have already confirmed they will attend the debate to be held at Serena hotel in Kampala and televised by NTV Uganda.
“We shall not allow our opponents to define the battlefield for us,” Opondo said.
“Opposition, you have a right to choose yours too.”
Opondo said the Ugandan audience is smart enough to make decisions without a presidential debate.
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On the other hand, Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala County MP) said the big story would have been if President Museveni accepted to attend.
For President Museveni, Kivumbi argued, elections are not about choice but to secure legitimacy and supremacy.
“President Museveni who came into power through a coup doesn’t believe a mere paper can change governments,” Kivumbi explained.
He revealed that it is only in dictatorial regimes that presidents shun debates.
Appearing on NBS this week, Mike Sebalu, Museveni’s campaign taskforce publicist said NRM had no time for the debate.
Today, Opondo says it’s not a priority.
However, Kivumbi insists that President Museveni has personalised the workings of his own party, NRM, making himself the sole appointing party.
He said by snubbing the debate, Museveni is saying his opponents are unworthy and that elections are merely ceremonial.
“When President Museveni says ‘My oil’, is it on his farm land? He needs to answer such statements.”
MP Kivumbi observed that in another world, the number of pregnant women that die in Uganda annually is genocide!
“After 30 years, President Museveni has questions to answer. Such never happens at rallies.”
MP Kivumbi said Malaysia was once at same GDP level as Uganda and Cambodia, too wondering what has been done there that Uganda is not doing.