Hon. Nyombi Thembo, the State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) says opposition taking power would be a “terrible accident”.
“If opposition take power, what will keep them together? Currently, they are bound by aspirations to effect “change”,” Nyombi explained while appearing on NBS TV morning breeze last week.
Nyombi said Ugandans are “worried” about what will happen should the opposition take power.
“We still have challenges but Ugandans keep voting for us because they have seen the steady progress between now and 1986.
Nyombi said he trusts the electoral commission because its “credible”.
On NRM spending money, Nyombi said: “You can’t expect a party (NRM) with 15 million voters not to spend money. Whatever we do is allowed by law.”
On NRM SG Kasule Lumumba’s “shoot-to-kill” statements, Nyombi said: “We have to keep law & order”.
“Our police is not enough which is why IGP Kale Kayihura is appointing special constables. That is legal.”
Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, who appeared alongside the minister on the show, called the minister’s words “saddening”.
“That Minister Thembo assumes if Besigye wins election, that would be a “terrible accident” is saddening. Saddening.”
He said the mindset shared by Minister Thembo needs to be expunged.
“That’s why we are saying we need to defiantly get our power back. The Minister should apologise to Ugandans for saying opposition taking power would be a “terrible accident”.”
Given the mind-sets of President Museveni and the likes of Minister Thembo, Lukwago continued, it is unsurprising that “we veered off the right path”.
Why NRM has to stay
Nyombi said the ruling party is seeking a five-year mandate but the opposition is aggregating their longevity.
“Foreign policy is important. This is where we have scored the most. We have chaired UN General Assembly,” Nyombi dived into NRM’s achievements over the years.
“As my candidate has explained, we can’t do everything at the same time. Our candidate is campaigning for himself and for all the NRM flag bearers. We want to take all the seats.”
Nyombi accused Lukwago of failing to work with KCCA ED, Jennifer Musisi, only to engage in 2011 Walk-to-Work riots.