During a recent capital gang talk show, the question of Museveni family rule popped up and has not left political debate ever since.
FDC politician, Ssemujju Nganda, said on the debate organised by Capital radio that the president’s son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo, was confident to replace Maj Gen Matayo Kyaligonza as NRM vice chairperson for western Uganda, because he has the support of the first family.
“There others who will stand on the NRM ticket because they want the state to support them,” Nganda noted.
“If I was president, I would do everything to prevent my family and in-laws from participating in politics,” he pointed out, adding that “Odrek lost his independence when he decided to marry into the first family.”
“That day Odrek lost his independence as a person and as a family.”
Nganda recalled how the President was bitter when he did a story about Natasha (first daughter) using a public jet to fly to Europe and give birth.
He said, in Rwabwogo’s case, since candidatures of the first family are always discussed, Odrek’s too was discussed.
Whether for humorous purposes or seriousness, Nganda said he was happy Rwabwogo hasn’t been sent by God and has come by himself unlike his mother-in-law and First Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni, who talked to God before quitting the Ruhaama MP race come 2016 general elections.
In May 2015, Janet said she had sought God’s guidance and assurance and concluded that in the coming elections of 2016, she would not offer herself as a candidate for Ruhaama Constituency Parliamentary seat.
Janet-God speech aside, Uganda Federal Alliance president, Beti Kamya, said the question of privileges was normal “although at times privileges are abused”.
She said in her family they discuss candidacy because “Discussing candidacy is something every family should.”
She, however, noted that everyone should have equal opportunities, rights and privileges.
Kamya said Nganda to say he can’t allow his wife to join politics “is offensive”.
NRM mobiliser, Henry Mayega, said he hopes “as we move towards the 2016 elections there will be more excitement” because “politics is about varying ideas”.
He was challenged by Nganda who wanted to know whether the growth of democracy in the NRM means “no challenger to Museveni”.
Mayega said he was already impressed that instead of resorting to the bullet, the country is resorting to the ballot to solve its problems.
“Endorsements are okay in a country that calls itself democratic. The process in NRM is very clear. The road map is put and people are responding,” he said in response to Nganda.
In his defense on the same show, Rwabwogo said when he chose to take a public role, he was simply saying he can expand the ideology, clarifying that unlike MPs, he had no privileges.
Rwabwogo went on record saying the First Family has sacrificed so much for the good of Ugandans.
He said Yoweri Museveni, his brother Rtd Gen Salim Saleh, the President’s wife, Janet Kataha Museveni and their son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, have all sacrificed for this country for 30 years so far.