Former Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Prof Ogenga Latigo has described President Yoweri Museveni as a “leader who tells lies in public”.
Latigo was last week appearing on NBS TV Morning Breeze for a discussion on the presidential live TV debate.
He congratulated the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda and the Elders Forum for pulling off the event that was held on January 15, 2016 at Serena hotel in Kampala.
“IRCU, Elders Forum did us proud. Let’s congratulate them for pulling off event.”
Latigo said the organisers of the debate represent 90% of this country expressing shock how the president could call such an event “a speaking contest.”
“It’s President Museveni who initially gave IRCU that date,” Latigo revealed.
Yet, on the same date, Museveni ducked out of the debate claiming his campaign schedule was too tight for him to attend.
He was campaigning in Bushenyi district although his handlers had earlier misled the chairman organising committee, Justice James Ogoola, that the president would attend.
Latigo categorised Museveni among “leaders who lie publicly”.
“There was no way Museveni would have participated in the debate with Kyalya [Maureen] who was once his assistant of sorts [presidential advisor on poverty alleviation in Busoga].”
Kyalya was frustrated by State House officials leading to her resignation and decision to run against the president in 2016 elections.
According to Latigo, Kyalya might come with good ideas but should she become president, “who will help her implement them?”
The next debate is about foreign policy and is expected to get under way early February.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if President Museveni shows up,” Latigo noted.
He said the problem with Uganda was not policies because many policies generated by the Museveni regime “are outstanding”.
“The fundamentals of Ugandan politics is not about policies but about whether you accept democracy.”
To Latigo, policies are like resources; soil might be there but without right conditions, the seed never germinates.
He said the core issues that Ugandans must deal with must be about transition.
“Who will take over after Museveni?”
He also said what the religious leaders are doing is taking part in the affairs of their own country.
“It’s their obligation.”