Amama Mbabazi made a triumphant entry into Makerere University College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) conference hall on Friday afternoon in a surprise move that stunned security and excited students.
The former Prime Minister was the chief guest at the handover ceremony of the 80th Guild speaker, Chak Benson to his successor Jothan Burobuto Yamulebire at the higher institution of learning.
“His abrupt visit took many by surprise including security organs. It was known to students that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga was supposed to grace the Guild hand over only to see Mbabazi arriving, ” said Henry Otafiire, a student who attended the function.
He was welcomed by university students who carried posters bearing the former NRM Secretary General’s photograph as they chanted “Mbabazi, our man”.
In his speech, Mbabazi thanked the student leaders for their invitation and asked them to know their roles as youth in the country’s leadership.
“We played our roles when we were youth some decades ago, to have the Uganda that you see now. My role now is to help you do your part in your generation to determine the future of this country,” said Mbabazi.
Otafiire said Mbabazi’s appearance at Makerere is not to be underestimated as it came hours after former Coordinator of Intelligence Organs Gen. David Sejusa among others rallied students at Mary Stuart Hall to challenge what they described as President Museveni’s dictatorship.
As 2016 election season draws nearer, opposition politicians continue to rally support o remove President Museveni from power.
When asked about his alleged 2016 presidential candidature, Mbabazi re-echoed the famous intellectual statement that: “Intelligence is knowing what to do, and wisdom is knowing when to do it.”
He added: “I will be discussing more and more in the near future,” sending the whole conference room that had been filled to capacity to rib-breaking laughter and chants of “we want Mbabazi.”
Mbabazi has repeatedly maintained he will not stand against President Museveni in the 2016 elections. The narrative would later change to “I will declare my political move in future.”
The former close ally of Museveni was humiliated by being sacked from the position of Prime Minister last year before being toppled from the position of Secretary General of the ruling NRM party.
Mbabazi has reportedly been quietly mobilising a powerful diplomatic support to protect him from possible state harassment should he decide to stand against Museveni in 2016.
The premier told students that, “It is a revolutionary world we live in and the youth of today have got huge responsibility.”
He added: “History has imposed on you the responsibility to transform Uganda.”