NRM says will only hand over power to NRM
KAMPALA (NEW VISION) – The deputy head of Uganda Media Centre Col. Shabban Bantariza has said that members of Opposition are unexperienced and confused to be entrusted with power to lead this country.
Bantariza made the remarks on December 3 while addressing National Resistance Movement (NRM) leaders from Elgon and Bukedi sub regions at Hill top hotel in Mbale town.
The meeting was attended by NRM district chairpersons, LC5 chairpersons, NRM mobilisers and security personnel.
“We can never entrust or hand over power to unexperienced and confused Opposition leaders because they have little knowledge to manage the country affairs. The only experienced person and able to manage this country is President Yoweri Museveni,” Bantariza said.
”Losing power to Opposition is like losing child and wife in the labour room. Handing over power is sign of exposing our weakness and inability of NRM government can never attempt,” he added.
Bantariza also noted that NRM government will never allow to hand over power, adding NRM Government must ensure continuity is guaranteed.
“We must not allow to lose power to foxes, but hand over to people that will make sure that continuity is guaranteed. We must hand over power to people that will protect us and be able to escort us back home,” Bantariza said.
Bantaliza also noted that the current fights between LC3 chairpersons and sub-county chiefs are playing negative role as far as government programmes are concerned.
The meeting was aimed at making consultations from district leadership of the challenges they face, pledges made by president Museveni and benefits of NRM between 2016 general election to date.
Mbale district chairperson Bernard Mujasi noted NRM party was a sleeping elephant that had given chance to foxes to make noise.
“NRM is like elephant in Uganda, but at times we NRM leaders forget that we are the elephants and keep quiet giving chance to Oppositions to make a lot of noise. We should wake up and also make loudest noise because we have the numbers and power,” Mujasi said
“The more we keep quiet we giving chance to foxes to tell lies to our communities. We should also make good use of the media to protect our images and tell people what NRM government has done for this country,” Mujasi said.
KAMPALA (AFP) May 22, 2014 – Uganda President Yoweri Museveni tells opposition to ‘wait until 2056’
The government of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, already one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, on Tuesday told the country’s opposition that it would have to wait until 2056 before it stood any chance of winning an election. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) “is in for a long journey with Ugandans” under 69-year-old Museveni, who has led the impoverished east African nation since 1986.
“However much the opposition tries, they will not win any elections because they do not have a proper programme for Uganda. Probably they will have to wait up to 2056, when they are mature enough,” he said. “It is under the capable leadership of President Museveni that Uganda for the first time is stable,” he added. The spokesman was replying to a question over a post on Twitter after an opinion poll showed Museveni as a clear favourite for elections in 2016 and in which he said the opposition would have to wait another 40 years.
The comments were greeted with anger by Ken Lukyamuzi, a leader of the opposition Conservative Party. “The statement by the government is what we expected. Museveni is not ready for democracy but for hereditary rule,” he said. “We long suspected he has a family agenda of transitioning from him to his son”, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, he added. Kainerugaba, 39, is an army general who heads a special forces unit notably tasked with presidential security. He has previously dismissed speculation that he was seeking to succeed his father, saying in June last year that “Uganda is not a monarchy.”