Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere, the former President General of the Democratic Party (DP) has advised President Yoweri Museveni to relinquish power when he still has some friends in authority.
While addressing opposition and civil society activists at Hotel Africana this morning, Ssemogerere noted that Museveni has lost many of his close allies since he took power in 1986 because of his failure to relinquish authority.
He singled out the former Vice President Professor Gilbert Bukenya, ex-premier Amama Mbabazi and Dr. Kiiza Besigye as some of the people who have since abandoned Museveni.
According to Ssemogerere, Museveni’s insistence on holding onto power on grounds that he is still popular isn’t only bad for democracy in the country, but for him as well since he will continue losing his comrades.
The former DP President served under the president Museveni government as Minister of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Public Service and Deputy Prime Minister before he resigned to contest against him in 1996.
According to Ssemogerere, there is a remarkable change in the personality of President Museveni compared to when he took power in 1986.
He says during his early years in power, Museveni used to listen to his cabinet ministers but now disregards everybody as useless because of his quest to remain in power.
John Ken Lukyamuzi, the Conservative Party President argues that many people are now worried of identifying with the presidents, which has prompted him to use money to bribe Ugandans to support his bid for another term of office.
When contacted about the comments by the opposition politicians, the president’s press secretary, Tamale Mirundi, said Museveni has advisers on issues the opposition leaders are telling him.
He asked the two opposition leaders to wait for the President to appoint them before they can advise him.