Baryamureeba Attacks Mbabazi: “You Have Nothing New”

Prof Baryamureeba [R] says Mbabazi has served in the problem government and has nothing new to offer

Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze on Wednesday afternoon leads a delegation of government officials who will lock horns with FDC President, case Maj Gen (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu and other opposition activists in what is dubbed the “hottest debate of 2015, visit this ” Chimp Corps report.

The function that will see the two top politicians among others debate issues of national interest, kicks off at 1:30pm at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

The Debate, which is open to the public, is organized by Uganda Governance Monitoring Platform under the theme, “Account before you promise”.

During the last debate, Tumwebaze clashed with FDC ironman, Col Kizza Besigye, challenging the opposition to unveil their alternatives instead of disparaging the government and causing instability.

Besigye fired back, saying President Museveni’s guerilla war was equally destructive especially in the Luweero Triangle.

Prof. Julius Kiiza is today expected to give a keynote address under the title, “To what extent has Uganda’s Political Leadership delivered on the Citizens aspirations as enshrined in the Citizens’ Manifesto.”

Hon. Kasule Lumumba, (NRM), Gen. Mugisha Muntu (FDC), Hon. Betty Olive Kamya (UFA), Hon. Asuman Basalirwa (JEEMA), Olara Otunnu (UPC) and Norbert Mao (DP) will give an appraisal of political parties in the past five years under the theme; “How relevant have they been to the ordinary Ugandan? To what extent have they fulfilled their mandate?”

According to the programme, Hon Tumwebaze, Erias Lukwago, Hon. Salaam Musumba, Mr. Willis Bashasha, Hon. Muwanga Kivumbi and Hon. Monica Amoding will give their views on how leadership has performed at different levels and the key constraining factors.

ChimpReports will give a live coverage of the event on Twitter and Facebook.
The build up to the February 2016 general elections is getting more passionate by the day, symptoms with more and more Ugandans making know their intentions to join in the race to become the country’s next President.

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and FDC President Gen Mugisha Muntu are the latest to declare their candidature, order amidst a countrywide blend of excitement and umbrage.

Earlier, Former Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof Venansius Baryamureeba announced his candidature as well as Australian based Surgeon Aggrey Kiyingi.

A week ago, former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye also hinted on joining in the race, emphasizing that seeking a presidential term has no limits, like serving the term.

Amama Mbabazi’s declaration however, though widely expected, was undoubtedly the most startling and highly responded to, from the hawkers in downtown Kampala to President Yoweri Museveni himself at State House in Entebbe.

While a considerable portion of the populace yearning for change of leadership excitedly welcomed Mbabazi’s announcement, a number of majorly supporters of Museveni’s fifth term, perhaps reeled with the feeling of disappointment by one of their own, expressed their resentment.

They accused Mbabazi of now doing enough to transform the nation while he served in various positions, on top of a long trial of corruption scandals.

Fellow Presidential aspirant Prof Venansius Baryamureeba has now joined this group to water down Mbabazi’s candidature.

Baryamureeba, like most of the other critics holds that Mbabazi has served in the government for a long time and many chances are that he’s bringing nothing new on board.

He took to social media [a growing political forum in the country] and tweeted, “Interesting race it’s going to be in 2016! Amama Mbabazi is in. But he has been here for 30 years already! What is new?”

He went on to stress that Mbabazi has worked together with President Yoweri Museveni on whom most of the country stagnation so to speak, is blamed.

“Comrade Amama Mbabazi has been at the helm of President Museveni’s government. Uganda needs a new generation with new ideas; a New Era for Uganda,” he tweeted.

Baryamureeba’s views were earlier reflected in President Museveni’s reaction to Mbabazi’s candidature and his new 8-point program to revive the nation.

Museveni, in a 17 minute response said Mbabazi has not only been part, but also occupied some of the most critical positions which he should have used to create the desired change he is promising.

“Hon Mbabazi has been at the center of our system. All these years, he was in the security services, he was in Parliament, he was Minister of Security for a long time, he was Secretary General of the party, and eventually he was Prime Minister,” Museveni stressed.

“If there is anybody who could be questioned about the weaknesses, Hon Amama Mbabazi is one of them.”







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