Rwabwogo speaks on Museveni succession  


First son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo, has opened up on the ruling NRM revolution and power transition in the current government.

Rwabwogo who is married to Patience, one of President Yoweri Museveni’s daughters, was Monday appearing on NBS TV Morning Breeze programme.

He was asked to respond to accusation made by Maj. Gen Matayo Kyaligonza, who says Rwabwogo is bent on taking his seat as NRM vice chairperson for western Uganda.

Several statements have been made as to whether Rwabwogo is joining politics because he is favoured as a member of the First Family, or a belief that the old should make way for the young generation but the upcoming politician says he has the capability to stand on his own.

Rwabogo says he was the very person who started the Youth Council and “it wouldn’t have started without me”.

As for being too privileged to stand, Rwabwogo insists he has been patient for long.

“I am choosing to contest now because I have been patient.‪”

He adds: “I shouldn’t be judged by where I come from, but rather by what ideas I bring to the table.”

“I have no special privilege. I have a company that pays me. Museveni pays me zero.”

He continues: “I could have run for MP in my constituency and won, but I have decided to serve in a different way.”

NRM revolution

The energetic budding politician is confident that if he gets onto the NRM Central Executive Committee, he will lead a revolution to change this country.

“I would like to make the NRM a money generating entity and not merely a spending one,” he pledged.

He said most people in private business are sarcastic and consider politics useless and was quick to observe that, “you can’t have an undemocratic situation with the economic growth Uganda has experienced”.

“Am tired of seeing our leaders do nothing and then go home complaining. That is why I am coming out to contest.”

Power transfer from Museveni

Asked about the question of power transition from Museveni, Rwabwogo suggested democratic means.

“If you want transition in this country, it will never happen through a coup d’etat.”

He said the NRM revolution isn’t about the “Musevenis”, it’s based on the everyday peasant.

In an interview with Daily Monitor, Rwabwogo, ruled out the Muhoozi project and succession of Museveni through an oligarchy as it is done with Kingdoms.

“The constitution is clear on how he is elected, removed and replaced,” he said.

“This Muhozi project is a creation of the media. I have no idea. It is a figment people create instead of going to work. People who did that should have been helping in the NRM structures, strengthening our structures and engaging with the population to ensure good leaders emerge.”

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