Uganda’s Former Prime Minister to Challenge President Museveni

By Joseph Elunya in Kampala
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s long time confidant Amama Mbabazi has declared his the intention to challenge him in the 2016 presidential elections.
Mbabazi who was sacked last year by his boss President Museveni for allegedly nursing presidential ambitions says he will contest in the 2016 elections on the ruling NRM party ticket. He says he will first contest in the party’s primary elections that are scheduled for August and then later stand in the presidential elections.
His declaration has not gone down well with President Museveni who shortly after issued a statement on a local television station accusing the former premier of ‘wasting people’s time” before the official date for campaigns.
Other ruling party officials have also threatened to punish Amama Mbabazi for declaring his intention to contest for the presidency. The ruling party Mmembers of Parliament last year’s endorsed president Museveni as a ‘sole’ candidate in next year’s elections.
Here’s a full text of Amama’s declaration that he made in a recording posted on Youtube.
My fellow Ugandans,
I greet you wherever you are. It is a great privilege for me to address you.
I come before you today, to tell you that I will be seeking your vote, first within my party the NRM as its flag bearer; and later on in the whole country for President in the 2016 Presidential elections.
The coming election is about the future, about making Uganda work for everyone.
It is about reinvigorating our country and making it fit for the 21st century and beyond.
And it is about breathing new life into our system of government – a system that has become weak and inefficient.
We need to revive our mission to improve education, health and public services and ensure that they are delivered fairly and to high standards.
We need to restore our party, the NRM, and return to its roots – a genuine, accountable and democratic movement.
And we, as a country, need to rediscover our democratic principles.
52 years ago we gained our independence and Uganda has since achieved many things.
We have united the country and increased prosperity


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