Dr. David Zac Niringiye, a retired Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, Church of Uganda, is angry at his countrymen for having “ a short memory”.
Zac was appearing on NBS TV morning breeze Wednesday to discuss the current political developments including the proposed National Dialogue.
The dialogue organised by the Interreligious Council is expected to mend the broken ties between opposition leader Kizza Besigye and the ruling party chairman President Yoweri Museveni.
According to Zac, it is the president who has been frustrating the national dialogue over the years.
“Dialogue has constantly been frustrated by Museveni,” the bishop said.
Museveni already expressed interest to dialogue this time while Besigye set conditions that must be met first before he can agree to the talks.
“In 2011, he wrote a letter willing to be part of dialogue. Did it happen?” Zac sounded sceptical.
He claims Museveni has been making promises to leave power but that has not happened.
“Museveni has been saying ‘this is my last term’ for the last 3 terms. He even hosted religious leaders and told them he was stepping down.”
Kayihura has become police
Zac said [IGP Kale Kayihura], one person, has become an institution [the police].
Zac argued that if people say IGP is doing a wrong thing and Museveni comes out to commend him, this shows where IGP gets his orders from.
“Anyone who is doing something remarkable is under instructions of State House.”
Museveni commended Kayihura for doing a good job and stopping chaos that would have rocked the country during the February elections.
Zac believes this is the same style Museveni uses to shield officials who should be held accountable for misdeeds.
“Ugandans have a short memory; during the Temangalo saga, President Museveni came out and said Amama Mbabazi is a trusted cadre.”
Then security minister, Mbabazi and his business partner, Hot Loaf Bakery proprietor, Amos Nzeyi, sold 435 acres of land to the National Social Security Fund in Temangalo in Wakiso district at an inflated price [24 million shs per acre].
While everyone expected Mbabazi to be punished over the Shs11bn saga, the president absolved him of blame saying he [Mbabazi] was “a trusted cadre”.