Mbabazi: UPDF Can’t Help Museveni
Presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi yesterday started his campaigns with a massive rally in Masaka Town; warning that the UPDF will not support President Museveni if he decides to retain power in the case of a defeat in the 2016 elections.
In what appeared a tactical move to embolden masses to prepare for a possible change of power, Mbabazi said days are gone when professional armies sided with leaders after being floored in elections.
“Power belongs to the people. Should they opt to change government, it will change,” said Mbabazi.
He added: “It’s no longer possible for incumbent leaders to use armed forces to cling to power. I am certain UPDF can’t be used to do such.”
The hard-hitting statements will raise eyebrows in the military establishment.
At his post-nomination rally at Nakivubo, Mbabazi said he was well grounded in defence and security matters of the state,
“I have been at the beginning and the centre of creating these security forces,” said Mbabazi, adding, there is no one who can claim monopoly of ably running the country’s security apparatus.
The UPDF was borne out of the NRA, a guerrilla force led by Yoweri Museveni which toppled Milton Obote and the military Junta of the Okellos in 1986.
Mbabazi, who was removed from the position of Prime Minister and NRM Secretary General last year, told the people of Masaka that they should not crave for change and “sit on the fence.”
He said they should take to the grassroots to deliver the change they want to see.
He refused to reveal how he would protect his votes.
Mbabazi said he would treat the monarchies fairly in regard to their properties which are still in the hands of government.
He further promised to address what he described as “government wastage” and “corruption” to raise government workers’ salaries.
The former premier said his government would use at least $150m spent on treating government officials in foreign countries to build a robust healthcare system in Uganda.
In regard to youth unemployment, Mbabazi said his government would put more effort in attracting investors and ensuring optimal utilisation of local content.
To insulate his candidature from criticism of not doing enough to address the ills in government yet he served in high profile positions, Mbabazi said “I worked on delegated power. I never had power. You should give me what I never had.”
Interestingly, Mbabazi was considered one of the most powerful officials in the president Museveni’s government.
At one time, Mbabazi was nicknamed ‘Super Minister’ for managing different ministries at ago.
The rally was addressed by DP President Norbert Mao and Mathias Mpuuga among others.
Earlier, Mbabazi joined crowds in a dance, thrilling crowds.
Mbabazi travels to Mukono on Tuesday where he will address another rally.