There was a dramatic turn in Kamwenge district on Monday when supporters of Frank Tumwebaze, walked away from his event to listen to Go Forward candidate, Amama Mbabazi.
Mbabazi who was in the district yesterday had made a stop in Kyakeitaba parish, Bwizi Subcounty, Kibale County, Kamwenge district.
Tumwebaze had an event in the same sub county but people run away at the sight of Mbabazi’s convoy, leaving the Kampala and Presidency minister dumbfounded.
“We stopped on our way to Bwizi rally to greet the ladies that left Frank Tumwebaze rally to hear the Go Forward message,” Mbabazi later said in a tweet.
Tumwebaze is contesting for Kibaale County East MP in Kamwenge District.
He faces independent candidate Stephen Tumwine who was also nominated on Wednesday.
Others are; Dorothy Nshaija Kabaraitsya who is the incumbent woman MP and Eng. Cuthbert Abigaba Mirembe who is vying for Kibale County constituency.
Tumwebaze is a vocal critic of Amama Mbabazi who was a prime minister in Museveni’s government.
In his latest missive, Tumwebaze said the claim by Amama Mbabazi that he didn’t have authority to influence any reforms and innovation on any policy issues in government was “laughable and real blasphemy to say the least”.
“What then was he doing that long, if he had no authority to push anything of value? What can he show as any policy ideas that he mooted in all his various capacities and were shot down unreasonably by President Museveni? To the contrary, those who worked closely with him or followed his role in influencing government decisions will clearly reveal how his influence was enormous,” the minister wrote.
“He would make or break any body and anything as he deemed fit. He was a multi- sectoral minister without borders. Any idea you would tell the President he would refer you to Mbabazi first before any decision can be made on it.”
From being nicknamed super minister, kingmaker and regarded as someone who influenced all government appointments including cabinet, continued Tumwebaze, making a claim that he never had authority, is being out rightly dishonest and cover up for his own lack of innovation.
“He served the Government with full authority from his boss not to talk of the unfettered lavish favours and sometimes excessive pampering he enjoyed. In fact many historical comrades that fell out of favour with the establishment owe their bitterness all to him for having schemed their way out so as to enjoy unlimited space and access to the boss.”
He said Mbabazi was eventually sacked for his failures and “his campaign narrative, therefore, that he is the new messiah and a person for a new UGANDA does not convincingly resonate well with the reality that many know about him”.