People don’t want you, Rwomushana tells Museveni


Former head of political intelligence at State House, Charles Rwomushana, has advised President Yoweri Museveni to “give way” since people “don’t want him”.

“If people don’t want you, they don’t want you. Give way,” Rwomushana argued.

He laughed at ICT state minister, Nyombi Thembo, who said NRM was waiting to organise celebrations.

“In the past, we have saw paralysis after President Museveni won,” Rwomushana said while appearing on NBS TV last week.

He said most families shifted and moved out before the elections.

“Passports even ran out.”

In February, the ministry of Internal Affairs said immigration had run out of passports.

Minister Rose Akol said government had made an express order for 100,000 ordinary passports following a shortage that forced the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control to ration the issuance of the passport.

She attributed the shortage to a surge in the number of Ugandans travelling abroad for job opportunities, especially in the Middle East.

Government also denied that people were running out in fear of election violence.

Rwomushana, however, says when Amama Mbabazi says that Museveni has rigged elections, “no one in the NRM can contradict that”.

Mbabazi filed a petition in Supreme Court challenging Museveni’s win in 2016 elections; hearing of the petition started on Monday.

“We had polling stations where 100% of votes went to one candidate with no invalid votes,” Rwomushana said.

He said people in Bundibugyo were running, in Soroti, people were gunned down, in Kapchorwa, guns were stolen, in Kayunga, a crime preventers’ leader was beheaded while in Kampala, the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe was attacked outside his home.

“There is a threat. Mr Museveni is not a joker. The soldiers at Bahai Temple are not a mere show.”

He said many of Kizza Besigye’s supporters are languishing in safe houses.

According to Rwomushana, dialogue instead of deployment and arrests, is the best way out of the current situation.

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