Bukenya makes u-turn, backs Museveni


Bukenya and Museveni

Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has pledged to support President Yoweri Museveni in 2016 general elections.

Reports indicate that Bukenya has now finalised a deal to re-join the NRM party after allegedly being given a large sum of money.

Social media critic, Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, says Bukenya sealed a deal with Museveni whom he met on Sunday.

According to TVO, Brigadier Proscovia Nalweyiso “delivered the cash to the professor” to complete the agreement.

Bukenya confirmed the development saying Museveni “is better than all other candidates”.

The professor further admitted meeting Museveni four times prior to this revelation.

“On four occasions, I met four different people who came to ask me to go back to the NRM. On the first and second time, I was not convinced. I was convinced on the third and fourth time, when they told me president Museveni has some good ideas. President Museveni promised me to fight poverty and land matters,” he said.

Bukenya told press at his home in Kakiri, Wakiso district on Friday that he decided to return to government because of lack of transparency in opposition.

He said what he witnessed in TDA showed him the opposition is not steady.

“TDA was poisoned by greedy people.”

He said only President Museveni has the right qualifications to lead Uganda.

Presidency minister, Frank Tumwebaze, says NRM is Bukenya’s home.

“East, West home is best. NRM is your home! Well be back to the fold my good friend and former boss Prof Gilbert Bukenya,” Tumwebaze said in a tweet.

Bukenya stood with Amama Mbabazi, Kizza Besigye and Norbert Mao for joint candidate in the Democratic Alliance.

The race ended in a deadlock as the alliance failed to choose between Besigye and Mbabazi who Bukenya stood down for.

He promised to go on a lone campaign to stand as president in 2016.

Now he says all his support will be for the ruling NRM and President Museveni.

Bukenya also promises to stand for Busiro North Member of parliament.

About Bukenya

Bukenya was Vice President of Uganda from 23 May 2003 until 23 May 2011.

He has represented the constituency of Busiro County North in the Ugandan Parliament since 1996.

He also served as Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus.

During this period he is credited for having managed to defuse the tension that was boiling up between President Yoweri Museveni and other historical leaders of the ruling NRM.

He was chairman of the NRM in the Buganda region.

Bukenya subsequently became Minister of State for Trade and Industry before being elevated to the post of Minister of the Presidency.

He became Vice President in 2003 replacing Specioza Kazibwe, who at the time was grappling with a failed marriage.

He later stood for the post of Secretary General of the NRM and lost to the incumbent Amama Mbabazi.

In May 2011, he was replaced as Vice President of Uganda by Edward Ssekandi.

Bukenya has since been vocal and critical of President Yoweri Museveni.

After being dropped, Bukenya quit NRM and started his own party, Party of National Unity (PNU).

He used the same party to join TDA which he also quit upon its collapse.

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