Rwabwogo, an NRM ideologue says Ugandans have seen the best of the bush regime.
“We are young and learned. Why is it that these bush regime men e.g. Biraaro [Major Gen Benon Biraaro] assume they have the best ideas for this country?” he said while appearing on NBS TV Friday.
Museveni the best?
Biraaro, a former presidential candidate, impressed Ugandans with his brilliant ideas for running the state during the 2016 televised presidential debates.
Biraaro said he was disappointed that whatever took him and others to the bush has not been achieved; otherwise, he would not even be in the contest to become president.
“This 2016 election is kind of a referendum for peace or for conflict. And this is where I come in. Am coming in on the side of peace. A man called Prophet Isaiah said a nation can be born in one day and this is tonight. Am calling upon Ugandans to make a choice and in that choice I want to lead, is a unity government,” he is quoted by The Observer as having said.
He added: “This regime has not served well. I wouldn’t be here. A lot has gone wrong, misuse of security forces, I have seen it all. What took us to the bush has not been fulfilled. More bushmen (rebels) will come.”
Rwabwogo, on the other hand, describes President Yoweri Museveni as the “best leader from the bush regime”.
He says young people have potential to transform Uganda.
As for transfer of power, Rwabwogo says transition is not about President Museveni leaving.
“It’s about increasing political space and economy.”
Former General Duties minister Mondo Kagonyera is quoted by Daily Monitor saying NRM is willing to hand over power to a generation of young principled leaders not thugs.
Speaking at the victory party celebrations for Ruhindi North MP-elect Thomas Tayebwa, Prof Kagonyera said: “I don’t like using negative words but we are not ready to hand over power to thugs, we shall hand over power to the young generation but we need leaders of the calibre of people like Tayebwa to handover to.”
Ideology, fighting corruption
Rwabogo, meanwhile, says he loves ‘teaching about nation building’ and has so far lifted 23 million kids from herding goats thanks to free education.
But Zac Niringiye who appeared on the same show interjected: “At my primary school in Kisoro, even without electricity, I excelled. I was the best in the whole of Kigezi. Today, it holds a party to celebrate a second grade!”
Ignoring Zac, Rwabwogo said Museveni’s government has constructed hundreds of kilometers of roads every year.
He said the president has put up laws and institutions to fight corruption but it starts from our homes.
“We need a collective value system. Regarding corruption, we have prosecuted from the highest to the lowest. Once, we prosecuted a whole ex-Vice President.”