David Pulkol, a former Director-General of Uganda’s External Security Organisation (ESO), has advised Kenya deputy president, William Ruto, to mind his own business and leave Ugandan issues to Ugandans.
Ruto on Wednesday came to Uganda and campaigned for President Yoweri Museveni in Kapchorwa town.
“Ruto should deal with his kin and folk before interfering in Uganda politics,” Pulkol said while appearing on NBS TV morning breeze Thursday.
“Should Ruto, a Kenyan, be the one telling Sebei people who they should vote for? Shouldn’t they make that on their own?”
Pulkol wondered whether the move was mere interference or a trend that should be encouraged.
“Ruto is no ordinary citizen,” Pulkol agreed but reminded the International Criminal Court [ICC] suspect that Ugandan politics was a matter for Ugandans.
“The Kenyan folk are not saying anything to pull Ruto out of the ICC. Why?”
He added: “Is Ruto a sacrificial lamb? We saw lots of efforts to get Kenyatta cleared at ICC. Not the same is happening for Ruto.”
Pulkol said Raila Odinga aligned with President Museveni but failed to win the presidency.
He said Ruto who has presidential ambitions wants to learn from President Museveni yet he doesn’t know the kind of person Museveni is.
“Museveni is masquerading as ‘big brother’ yet his actions are undoing his legacy.”
Pulkol also talked about defections saying it was a challenge facing all presidential camps.
He said the other challenge was “translation of crowds and defectors into actual voters on Election Day”.
Pulkol says some of those defecting to NRM party are ‘staged defectors’.
The remark by the former spy chief who is leaning towards Amama Mbabazi camp, came after Go Forward camp denied reports that 100 staff members defected to Museveni.
They said the defectors were actually spies who had been sacked.
“Every Ugandan has right to associate. Defection from 1 party to another shouldn’t be termed ‘political prostitution’.”
According to him, voter curiosity is one thing but the winner will be one who convinces voters to come out on Election Day to vote.
Pulkol said only Mbabazi has talked about equitable development. President Museveni is promising pencils.
“This election season is more issue-based. With 5 million new voters, candidates ought to give more time to their messages.
He said only the present government was doing is “squandering our resources”.
He said for example the new Shs3m parliamentary nomination fees make elective offices in Uganda for the rich and reduces poor people to being mere voters.
“Go Forward manifesto promises to build Uganda for the future.”