Bukenya Backs Museveni For 2016 Election Top story

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Former Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya notes that The Democratic Alliance was infiltrated by selfish and corrupt interests, which diluted its initial objective to trounce President Museveni in the forthcoming elections.

Former Vice President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has changed his mind and will back President Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 general elections.

Bukenya has also castigated The Democratic Alliance, a coalition of opposition political parties and pressure groups, of being full of greedy and self-centered people whom he cannot associate with.

He made the statements while meeting a group of his supporters on Friday at his Kakiri home in Wakiso district.

Bukenya, who claims he has met president Museveni at least four times in recent weeks, was however non-committal on whether he will return to the NRM party.

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Bukenya reveals that he will stand as an independent candidate for the Busiro North parliamentary seat, which he currently occupies on the NRM ticket, and stand for President in the 2021 elections.

He states that he would rather support president Museveni, other than dealing with people who cannot be trusted. This, in what can be interpreted as open criticism to The Democratic Alliance. 

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Prof. Bukenya, announced early this year that he had quit the NRM party to join the struggle to remove President Museveni from power.
He then formed his Party for National Unity, that later joined The Democratic Alliance. The Busiro North MP fell out with the alliance after they failed to agree on a joint presidential candidate between former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and FDC's Kizza Besigye.


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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.