First son in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo says he is disappointed by the decision taken by his father in-law’s ruling NRM party to kick him out of the race for vice chairperson western Uganda.
“I would like to state that while we are disappointed by the party’s Central Executive Committee’s decision, I will abide by it,” Rwabwogo said in a statement issued last evening.
Rwabwogo was dropped by CEC on account of age and inexperience at the Entebbe State House meeting on Saturday.
His father in-law, President Yoweri Museveni, said Rwabwogo had not consulted him before seeking for the position occupied by Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza.
Rwabwogo was in greater Bushenyi meeting the entire Bushenyi’s five districts of Rubirizi, Sheema, Mitooma, Buhweju and Bushenyi when the unfortunate news reached him.
He says they had already received tremendous support of over 300 supporters
“This candidature as you all know has never been just about me even if people wanted to frame it this way.”
He said any John or Tom raising the matters “we raise that take deep heart with the population and specifically the NRM members, would achieve the same kind of attention and support and opposition in equal measure”.
He said when something new is being birthed, the pains are as strong as its joy of birth.
“This news [being dropped] found me teaching, mentoring, building and nourishing our grassroots base. This is what I love to do to strengthen our party for a brighter future.”
“For this I am deeply grateful that we all rose to the occasion to make a difference especially the kind of ‘terror’ wave we have lodged against incompetence in our organisation.”
Rwabwogo said he has proved that positions in the “incompetent” NRM are for work and not for self-seeking purposes and a sense of entitlement.
Appearing on NBS TV Morning Breeze on Monday,
Rwabwogo said he was happy with what he has so far achieved in the space of a few months and was able to reach 5000 people face to face.
Asked whether he was overly ambitious in seeking the top post in the NRM party, he replied: “CEC dint say I have no capacity. But I have a calling to change the NRM ideology.”
He denied engaging in early campaigns saying he was simply teaching and nourishing the people.
Yet in his statement on Sunday, Rwabwogo acknowledged that his campaign had successfully reached 10 regions of the country disseminating about 150,000 “educational materials” on the NRM ideology.
He said the campaign wasn’t just about getting a position in the end but strengthening the party.
“You can’t be disciplined unless you are a disciple of something.”
Asked whether this was a missed opportunity for the generation that Odrek Rwabwogo was targeting, he replied: “The older generation wants to be respected since they made many sacrifices to liberate this country.”
“I believe we have just begun and therefore let’s keep together. We will continue this work.”