Amama Mbabazi : I Will Not Stay on For Long

3162 Views Kapchorwa, Eastern Region, Uganda

In short
He said although Uganda has made progress under the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni, it is time for change.

Ex-Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi says he will not hang on to power once elected President in the 2016 general elections.

In his address to a huge crowd of Kapchorwa residents on Tuesday, Mbabazi emphasised that it is high time for the old generation to prepare to hand over power to young leaders.

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He said although Uganda has made progress under the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni, it is time for change.

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According to Mbabazi, once elected president he will prioritise infrastructural development, which he said is currently in shambles. He cited the Kapchorwa - Suam road that connects to the Kenya-Uganda border that he said government has neglected for a long time.

David Pulkol, the Uganda Peoples Congress party mobilizer, but now on Mbabazi's campaign team,  describes Mbabazi as a very sober minded and reliable person with a vast wealth of experience that Ugandans should utilise to rescue the country from the verge of collapse.
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Peter Kemeron, an elder and freedom fighter has welcomed Mbabazi's bid for Presidency arguing that President Museveni was now confusing the country.  

Kemeron, who served as the first LC V chairperson of the then greater Sebei district says everything in the country has gone wrong. He particularly cited democracy and rule of law in Uganda, which he said are in deficit.

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Kemeron is also concerned that most local governments continue to operate below expectation and wonders why the president continues establishing more districts.

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Mbabazi is expected to continue with his consultation meeting in Soroti later today and proceed to Jinja on Wednesday.


About the author

Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.