Audio: I am Ready to Join The Opposition – Mbabazi

Go Forward Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi

Former SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum Okech has returned to Juba, visit this site South Sudan, ending over a year in exile in Kenya.

Accompanied by the Kenyan Defense Minister, Pagan arrived in Juba on Monday morning.

He was today expected to hold talks with President Salva Kiir to discuss the implementation of Arusha Reunification Agreement.

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Pagan and other former senior political detainees who were released through Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta’s intervention during the early days of the conflict in South Sudan will play a bigger role in reconciling the warring factions.

Kenyatta recently announced that the diverse South Sudan peace processes had been merged with the understanding that former SPLM detainees accused of plotting a coup return home to start reconciling President Kiir and rebel leader Mr Riek Machar.

“Today, the two processes have come together and the former detainees who have been in Nairobi are ready to go back home to bring peace back to their country by reconciling the warring leaders,” he said when he addressed a press conference at State House in May.

Pagan Amum, who held senior positions in South Sudan including being the Secretary General of SPLM, said one of the reasons that motivated them to reconcile the warring groups was to pay back President Kenyatta for his efforts to bring peace in their country and for his intervention to have former SPLM leaders freed.

He said President Kenyatta saved their lives when he personally called President Kiir and asked him to release the former detainees to Kenya.

“You have saved our lives from our own hands but what is the use of our lives if we cannot go back and save other lives,” said Mr Amum, who spoke on behalf of the other South Sudanese leaders in the meeting before the press conference.

He said they are not interested in any position in Government but will use all efforts to reunite President Kiir and his former Vice President for the sake of the people.

“It is not moral for us to continue staying in the safety of Kenya because we still bleed when our brothers and sisters die back at home,” he said.

Mr Amum said the peace talks have not made significant progress so far because the South Sudanese leaders, including himself, have been stubborn.

“Your efforts have not failed. We will restore your dignity and the dignity of South Sudan,” said Mr Amum.

Amum said their first task is to unite the SPLM party and to deal with obstacles blocking the IGAD process.
President Yoweri Museveni yesterday told the people of Ndorwa East in the south western Kabale district that their area had lagged behind in development because they chose the wrong person to represent them in Parliament.

He told a crowd that gathered to welcome him that the area MP Hon Wilfred Niwagaba, cheap who should lobby for the services in the area had gone off truck.

“I have come to tell you that my son Niwagaba who should have asked me for the electricity that you need, is no longer coming to see me nowadays,” Museveni said.

Presdient Museveni waves to the locals at the rally on sunday

Presdient Museveni waves to the locals at the rally on sunday

“Actually when I was coming, the people Kyobugombe trading center stopped me and told me that they are now orphaned. They have no MP. They told me their town is very big now but it has no electricity.”

Hon Niwagaba in 2013 fell out with his ruling NRM party together with three others, who were declared “Rebel MPs”

The MPs Theodore Sekikubo, Muhammad Nsereko, Wilfred Niwagaba and Barnabas Tinkasimire are currently battling their party in court, which wants they thrown out of Parliament.

Earlier in January while visiting the district, President Museveni urged the people of Ndorwa not to vote Hon Niwagaba back in Parliament in the coming 2016 elections.

He told residents at Kabale Municipal Stadium, that Hon. Niwagaba has on several times opposed Government programs which are aimed at developing the country.

Museveni speaks to Hon Niwagaba [black neck tie] and and other area leaders

Museveni speaks to Hon Niwagaba [black neck tie] and and other area leaders

The president referred to Hon Niwagaba as a stumbling block to almost every progressive government program aimed at socioeconomic transformation of the people.

Museveni was yesterday speaking at the commissioning of the Shs 1 billion Maziba fruit wine factory in Maziba Sub County, which was established by the Uganda Industrial Research Institute

The President inspects the new wine factory products

The President inspects the new wine factory products

He invited the legislator on the podium, held his hands and told him, “Honorable, these are your people; they are saying they don’t have power in their trading centers.”

Niwagaba dismissed the claims that he is not doing his work as untrue.

“No, no, no Your Excellency, that is totally untrue, I have written severally to the Ministry of Energy and there are copies to prove that “.

But the President waved him down, “But why do you have to pass through the technocrats? Why haven’t you come to me?”

Meanwhile the Minister in charge of EAC affairs Hon Shem Bagaine, teamed up with the president to pin Niwagaba.

“Yes, it is true Mr President, we have many large trading centers here without power,” he retorted.

The MP in response asked the President to first fulfill his 2010 campaign promises to the Ndorwa people including construction of the old Kabale road and the Maziba dam which he said remain untouched to this day.

At Buhara secondary school, locals petitioned the President on the mismanaged Operation Wealth Creation program.

This came after Museveni called up the program coordinators led Lieutenant Col Ismail Masudi to account for the progress only to give contradicting statements.

The locals accused the program managers of favoring only a few rich locals in the whole District. President Museveni promised to look for a solution for their concerns.
Former Prime Minister has for the first time, viagra approved openly discussed his readiness to work with the opposition forces in Uganda to oust President Yoweri Museveni.

The revelation came out in the second snippet of the interview he gave to BBC radio’s Alan Kasujja in which he confirmed that he is in talks with the opposition leaders.

Mbabazi, sick who has been part of the top ruling NRM leadership for the last three decades, said his ambition has always been to work with all Ugandans irrespective of their various affiliations.

He reassured his supporters that for the first time, President Museveni would in October this year face real competition in party’s primaries to pick the flag bearer for the 2016 presidential elections.

But if the party repeated the same manipulation as was the case in the previous December 2014 National Delegates conference, Mbabazi said he would have to consider crossing to the opposition.

The excerpts:

If your party decides that President Museveni should actually be the flag bearer, are you going to work with the opposition?

That question is very unfair, because whether I win or lose, for me I have always believed in the unity of Uganda.  And I think we should, as we did when we formed the IPOD [the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue which brings together the six political parties in Parliament both on government and opposition]. We believe that Uganda will be better off when we unite our energies.

So does that mean that you are happy to work with the opposition if you fail to get the nomination within the NRM?

I must tell you that whether I win or I don’t win, I have always held the view that we should always be united.

You are not really answering my question.

I have answered your question, I don’t know if you want me to answer it differently but that is the way I have answered it.

It’s a simple question. Would you join an opposition party if your party the NRM did not choose you to be the flag bearer?

But why do you insist on that question? Because obviously it assumes that that’s my way of looking at things and it’s not. I am telling you that even now, I have been talking to members of the opposition; I have no problem with them. I am a strong NRM person, as you know I have been a leader of the NRM from the time we started it because I was party to the formation of the NRM.

So, that’s a very unfair question. What I can say is that I expect democracy within the NRM, I expect transparency in the management of the election, and I expect that given free choice, I will win in that election.

What happens if you don’t win; if those things that you expect do not actually happen?

My expectation is that NRM will conduct free and fair elections, and from the experience of the national conference of the party in December, where there was clear manipulation; if that happened, then we’ll obviously have to consider the opposition.

What does that mean, considering the opposition?

As to how we’ll conduct ourselves.

What are your options?

The options are that those that don’t believe in democracy go their own, those of us who are democratic will continue on our path of democracy.

Do those people who suggest that you are trying to split the party the NRM, do have a point then?

Not at all; this is competition for leadership. You see in NRM, we have never had real competition for the leadership of the party; for chairman or for president.  We have not had it.  This is the first time that it is going to happen.

I can understand the apprehension that the people have, but everything has a beginning and for me, I am not really worried.




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