Former Kampala mayor, Al-Hajj Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, predicts that incumbent President Yoweri Museveni will win next month’s race with [between] 63-67 percent.
Appearing on NBS TV’s Morning Breeze show Thursday, Ssebaggala urged Ugandans to remain calm through out what remains of the electoral season.
“Akalulu tekatwawula” [loosely translated as: the election should not turn us against one another].
“President Museveni is going to win with 63-67%. Akalulu tekatwawula,” Seya, a former presidential candidate emphasised.
Seya said he was among the “spin doctors” who told President Museveni not to attend the presidential debate.
Museveni pulled out of the presidential debate scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, January 15, 2016, citing a busy campaign schedule.
He will be campaigning in Bushenyi district in western Uganda, according to his handlers.
NRM deputy spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, yesterday said they advised Museveni not to attend because the debate was “not a priority” inspite of the fact that he had earlier promised to attend.
According to Seya, sometimes politicians have to make promises so that people think about them.
“When you sit in an exam, you don’t go for the hard questions. You go for software [sic],” Seya said this morning.
He said all Museveni is saying is that only elites will watch the debate.
“People don’t have electricity. How will they watch the debate,” Seya wondered.
On story about him encouraging Museveni to leave power, he advised Ugandans to read beyond headlines.
The former presidential advisor cites bureaucracy as one of reasons why presidential advisors are seemingly not working.
“People surrounding President Museveni are slowing him down.”
Museveni should retire
Meanwhile, the same politician who in November last year backed President Museveni’s 2016 re-election bid and claims he will win with 67 percent, also wants him to retire.
Should he retire while he still enjoys some popular support he would leave a good legacy, Sebagala told Daily Monitor in an interview.
He added: “If I were a good friend of Museveni, I would tell him ‘you should leave when people still love you’.”
Seya who withdrew from the presidential campaigns last minute, says even food, when kept long, ‘expires’.