Rwabwogo: Museveni family 30 year-rule is a sacrifice


Rwabwogo (Observer Photo)

First son-in-law Odrek Rwabwogo is disappointed that Ugandans have failed to “recognise and appreciate the sacrifices the Museveni family is making towards Uganda”.

Rwabwogo, husband to President Yoweri Museveni’s daughter, Patience, is currently under fire for trying to “oust” Matayo Kyaligonza, the NRM vice chairperson western Uganda.

Critics say he is confident to remove an NRM historical (same accusation raised by Kyaligonza) because he is related to the First Family.

On Saturday, Rwabwogo appeared on capital gang, a political talk show where he made it clear that he knows more about Uganda than what the likes of Ssemujju Nganda will ever comprehend.

“NRM wasn’t born in a conference hall like FDC. I have been at every stage of the NRM,” he said.

“I joined NRM in 1992 as a young university student,” he added, noting that there was need to “thank the man who planted the tree”.

Rwabwogo is quoted by media accusing former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, of “killing the NRM ideology as Secretary General of the party”.

He said Amama never visited any university to teach NRM ideology.

“When I choose to take a public role I am simply saying I can expand the ideology,” he stated.

Refusing to answer questions of the presidential privileges, Rwabwogo said he doesn’t have to ask Museveni for permission to run against Kyaligonza.

As for privileges, Rwabwogo says his wife has never been flown in an air craft.

He was responsind to an observation made by Nganda, an FDC politician, in relation to first daughter Natasha who was flown in a jet abroad to give birth.

Rwabwogo said MPs have many privileges, they increase their salaries whenever they want while hitting back at Nganda.

The determined opposition politician reminded Rwabwogo that his (Nganda’s family) was his not a “public family” like the former’s.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, on the other hand applauded Rwabwogo for contesting.

“I know Odrek from his humble beginning. I am not sure if Kyaligonza would be happy if Odrek ran in FDC,” Opondo pointed out.

First Family sacrifice

Meanwhile, The Observer, quotes Rwabwogo saying the First Family has sacrificed so much for the good of Ugandans.

He started with Yoweri Museveni who started sacrificing for Uganda as early the 60s and even more so in 1985 when he went to the bush to fight off Milton Obote and Idi Amin dictatorships.

“He has sacrificed to lead the country for 30 years and counting.”

He then pulled out Rtd Gen Salim Saleh, the President’s brother, with bullet “scars allover the body, has also never been appreciated by Ugandans for the sacrifice he has made for this country. He is currently sacrificing by serving as Presidential Advisor on military matters”.

Then the President’s wife, Janet Kataha Museveni who sacrificed the comfort and instead accepted the Karamoja ministerial post that had been rejected, and seen by some as a demotion.

“The First Lady could be riding high [elsewhere] but she is making sacrifices fighting for [construction of] dams in Karamoja,” he says.

The son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, he says would have preferred to be elsewhere other than in the army like his age-mates but is serving as commander of elite Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) unit, Special Forces Command (SFC).

Rwabogo says he has helped Kampala appear on international news networks like CNN through his TERP Consults.

TERP was reportedly contracted to run a six-month media, publicity and advertising campaign before the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) summit at Shs 3.8bn.


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