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Ambassador Richard Kabonero

Presidential aspirant Hon John Patrick Amama Mbabazi now in London; has revealed to the BCC radio, stomach buy information pills http://claude-nicaud.com/new/wp-includes/class-requests.php details of his meeting with President Yoweri Museveni last Monday at State House.

The meeting followed Mbabazi’s unprecedented announcement that he would be challenging his boss president Museveni in next year’s elections, but first in the October 2015 race for the NRM’s presidential flag bearer.

Mbabazi said as far as he was concerned, he is the only person in the NRM that has declared his candidacy, and that he is still unopposed.

In the interview, Mbabazi distanced himself from earlier assertions by the president that he was majorly to blame for the NRM government’s failures, noting that he served as Prime Minister for only four years.

Mbabazi further accused Museveni for always assuming credit for all the good things and pushing the blame to other people where things go wrong.

Below is the full interview.

You had a meeting with President Museveni

Yes, He invited me to State House on Monday this week, and we discussed a number of things. He asked me why I had declared when the party electoral commission hadn’t declared the campaign period.

I told him that I acted strictly within the law. The party has issued the campaign roadmap, we have the dates; actually elections begin this month within the party.

The national electoral commission has declared and published its roadmap, so I don’t see why anyone says it’s not election season; it is.

So he doesn’t really want you run against him, does he?

Well, I don’t know; he didn’t tell me that because he didn’t tell me that he wanted to run. Actually I told him on the other hand that I was so far unopposed.

Unopposed because he hasn’t declared his intention, is that right?

He has not declared his intention, and I hope I can persuade him to maintain that; not to declare.

The truth of the matter is Museveni remains very popular in the ruling party and in the country. Do you honestly feel that you stand a realistic chance of winning?

Well, as the English saying goes, that the taste of the pudding is in the eating; we’ll see when we get there.

You do fancy your chances though

Yes I have no doubt at all, I have absolutely no doubt, if the process is transparent and democratic; the outcome I know.

People who are opposed to your running for president are saying that you are not offering fresh ideas, that you were part of the system for the last 30 years and surely you cannot claim to be a fresher pair of eyes than Museveni is.

You see, what we are talking about is consolidating the gains, the achievements that we have delivered in the country as a government.  Looking at the challenges that we have; for instance transforming the economy, NRM has done well in transforming the economy of Uganda because the economy was in shambles. Now we have a manufacturing sector, we’ve done a bit of work in infrastructure, but we still challenges of unemployment, deep-seated corruption, incompetency in performance of institutions…

Why didn’t you fix those things that you are talking about as challenges?

Because I was not in position to do so. Because I didn’t have the authority to do that.

President Museveni has come out and said that if there are any failures, any weaknesses, it’s partly because you as Prime Minister didn’t supervise and make sure that the reforms that you talk about were actually achieved.

I was prime minister for 3 or 4 years

Surely that’s enough time to make an impact

But we have been in power to 30 years, so you can’t blame all these failures on me. But in Uganda it is very well known. President Museveni always gives himself credit for all success and blames others for all the failures. For me I don’t do that. I have been in government and I accept responsibility for all the failures. But I also share credit for the success because I have been part of it. I believe in establishment of an efficient system; having government institutions that are very well staffed by people who are appointed not because of their loyalty to the leadership but because of their competence.

There have also been allegations of corruption that have sort of characterized a good part of your career; people believe that you have been involved in all sorts of corrupt dealings while you were in government. Are you corrupt?

Actually I was known as Mr. Clean until 2008 when the first allegations came and that was after we had been in power for 22 years. These allegations began in 2008 and they were all handled by parliament, by all institutions of government that carried out investigations and they all turned out to be false.
Presidential aspirant Hon John Patrick Amama Mbabazi now in London; has revealed to the BCC radio, information pills http://crewchiefpro.com/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/structure/footer.php details of his meeting with President Yoweri Museveni last Monday at State House.

The meeting followed Mbabazi’s unprecedented announcement that he would be challenging his boss president Museveni in next year’s elections, viagra dosage http://crazytour.am/wp-includes/locale.php but first in the October 2015 race for the NRM’s presidential flag bearer.

Mbabazi said as far as he was concerned, he is the only person in the NRM that has declared his candidacy, and that he is still unopposed.

In the interview, Mbabazi distanced himself from earlier assertions by the president that he was majorly to blame for the NRM government’s failures, noting that he served as Prime Minister for only four years.

Mbabazi further accused Museveni for always assuming credit for all the good things and pushing the blame to other people where things go wrong.

Below is the full interview.

You had a meeting with President Museveni

Yes, He invited me to State House on Monday this week, and we discussed a number of things. He asked me why I had declared when the party electoral commission hadn’t declared the campaign period.

I told him that I acted strictly within the law. The party has issued the campaign roadmap, we have the dates; actually elections begin this month within the party.

The national electoral commission has declared and published its roadmap, so I don’t see why anyone says it’s not election season; it is.

So he doesn’t really want you run against him, does he?

Well, I don’t know; he didn’t tell me that because he didn’t tell me that he wanted to run. Actually I told him on the other hand that I was so far unopposed.

Unopposed because he hasn’t declared his intention, is that right?

He has not declared his intention, and I hope I can persuade him to maintain that; not to declare.

The truth of the matter is Museveni remains very popular in the ruling party and in the country. Do you honestly feel that you stand a realistic chance of winning?

Well, as the English saying goes, that the taste of the pudding is in the eating; we’ll see when we get there.

You do fancy your chances though

Yes I have no doubt at all, I have absolutely no doubt, if the process is transparent and democratic; the outcome I know.

People who are opposed to your running for president are saying that you are not offering fresh ideas, that you were part of the system for the last 30 years and surely you cannot claim to be a fresher pair of eyes than Museveni is.

You see, what we are talking about is consolidating the gains, the achievements that we have delivered in the country as a government.  Looking at the challenges that we have; for instance transforming the economy, NRM has done well in transforming the economy of Uganda because the economy was in shambles. Now we have a manufacturing sector, we’ve done a bit of work in infrastructure, but we still challenges of unemployment, deep-seated corruption, incompetency in performance of institutions…

Why didn’t you fix those things that you are talking about as challenges?

Because I was not in position to do so. Because I didn’t have the authority to do that.

President Museveni has come out and said that if there are any failures, any weaknesses, it’s partly because you as Prime Minister didn’t supervise and make sure that the reforms that you talk about were actually achieved.

I was prime minister for 3 or 4 years

Surely that’s enough time to make an impact

But we have been in power to 30 years, so you can’t blame all these failures on me. But in Uganda it is very well known. President Museveni always gives himself credit for all success and blames others for all the failures. For me I don’t do that. I have been in government and I accept responsibility for all the failures. But I also share credit for the success because I have been part of it. I believe in establishment of an efficient system; having government institutions that are very well staffed by people who are appointed not because of their loyalty to the leadership but because of their competence.

There have also been allegations of corruption that have sort of characterized a good part of your career; people believe that you have been involved in all sorts of corrupt dealings while you were in government. Are you corrupt?

Actually I was known as Mr. Clean until 2008 when the first allegations came and that was after we had been in power for 22 years. These allegations began in 2008 and they were all handled by parliament, by all institutions of government that carried out investigations and they all turned out to be false.
Flyers displaying stunning images of the most precious wild animals and key tourism destinations in Uganda welcome you to Uganda’s spotless High Commission in the leafy suburb of Nyarutarama, find http://cfbtoman.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-render-embed-reversal-endpoint.php Kigali, viagra http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-edit-media-v1-2-endpoint.php Rwanda.

Inside the Embassy are energetic young men and women who treasure and exploit the extraordinary benefits of the new media age to promote Uganda’s tourism sector and bilateral relations with Rwanda.

According to a survey by M-Idea, http://dasturkb.kz/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/view.json.php the embassy has partnered with stakeholders such as Uganda Wildlife Authority, tour guide agencies, hotels so as to keep Uganda’s image on the digital space positive.

Uganda High Commission to Rwanda using Facebook to promote Uganda tourism destinations

Uganda High Commission to Rwanda using Facebook to promote Uganda tourism destinations

Pricing, discount seasons, packages are always highlighted on the social media platforms.

Uganda’s High Commissioner to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero says in an interview with ChimpReports on Friday that trade between Uganda and Rwanda is worth $230m.

A Graduate of Makerere University and former top diplomat at Uganda’s Embassy in United States, Kabonero is among the few Ugandan diplomats and government officials who use WhatsApp and Skype for communication.

He says the main mission of the High Commission to Kigali is to “promote and strengthen Uganda’s historical bilateral relations with Rwanda through trade, investment and education as well as regional integration under the East African Community.”

One of the High Commission’s aims is to position Uganda as the true Pearl of Africa and the commissions “VISIT UGANDA” campaigns have been very popular on social media, drawing a lot of feedback as the embassy continuously encourages Rwandese and other people in and around East Africa to visit and tour Uganda.

The new building that will house the Uganda High Commission in Rwanda

The new building that will house the Uganda High Commission in Rwanda

Kabonero is among Uganda’s unsung heroes, having worked tooth and nail to restore and consolidate the relations between Kampala and Rwanda which he believes have been pivotal in promotion of trade and tourism.

The report by M-Idea shows that the High Commission fully appreciates the value of social media.

“The High Commission has used new media extensively to promote Uganda’s tourism sector by highlighting the near perfect weather, profiling the many national parks, game reserves, hotels, security of tourists, visitor guides to Uganda’s tourist sites, food and also sharing reviews of people who have managed to visit Uganda before,” reads part of the survey conducted this year.

The new age technology, internet, mobile phones and social media have made it easier for the High Commission to reach even more people in both Uganda and Rwanda in real time as it aims to achieve its mission noted above.

Through social media, the mission has engaged with Ugandans, Rwandese feeding them with relevant information about Uganda.

By use of social media; mainly Facebook, Twitter; the official embassy platforms have creatively used Text, Graphics, and videos to feed out information and grow conversations and interest from its large audiences.

Social media has equally made it even easier for it to target Ugandans and Rwandese who may require more information about the Missions services.

The Uganda High Commission provides document certification services for a variety of legal documents that Ugandan citizens may be required to submit to the Rwandan authorities for a specific legal reason such as; Certificate of incorporation for companies registered in Uganda, Land titles for those owning land in Uganda, Academic documents for government schools, Marriage certificates for those who are legally married according to the Uganda civil marriage law.

Some Ugandans in Rwanda do not have to visit the High commission offices if they can have some of their queries answered in real time.

Ugandan Education

Using social media, the Embassy has found the perfect tool to target the youth in Rwanda to encourage them to study in Uganda for either secondary school or university.

This is being done by the constant promotion of at least one school or institution every week, highlighting educational achievements, provision for international students, how to apply, life in Uganda and the schools contact details.

Invest In Uganda,

Through sharing success stories in business, technology, education and other sectors, Kabonero says the Mission aims to encourage Rwandese to come and invest in Uganda in Services, Agriculture or Industry.

This is always highlighted on the platforms; Steps, Guidelines and all information needed for one to invest in Uganda. Contact details of all relevant Authorities such as Uganda Investment Authority, URA are also shared on the embassy’s website http://kigali.mofa.go.ug/

The Embassy platforms curate well researched and relevant Ugandan news so as to share them with Ugandans who may not be in the country and other interested parties.

News is mostly about Presidential and Government activities, Sports News; Success stories; in Education, KCCA, Medicine and more which is shared on the High Commission’s platforms:- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ugandahighcommissionkigali and Twitter – https://twitter.com/ughighcommrwa

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