Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, also the spokesperson of the People’s Government led by Col Kizza Besigye, says an agenda has been drawn for National Unity Party leader Robert Kyagulanyi to lead for 10 years and hand over power, writes Derrick Wandera.
How prepared are you for the virtual election that some have since contested?
A ‘scientific’ election is no election. The Constitution provides for only one election, which is a free and fair election, and there is no shortcut to that. I have been the incumbent, I have been campaigning in this place for three general elections, so everyone knows me and I am not disadvantaged. But think about the more than 50 presidential aspirants who are not known in Uganda, competing with someone who has been campaigning since 1980.
In an election, the demeanour of someone helps the voters make a decision. It is a proven fact that women vote men based on their looks. So why are you fighting to have an election? Is it better for Ugandans to vote than go to school?
You are in a dilemma on which party to join after quitting the Democratic Party (DP). What is your next move?
I am not in any kind of dilemma. I would have loved a peaceful and properly managed DP, but I do appreciate that I cannot have it. I have had my people here whom I have consulted and now we know what to do. I will let you know next week what we will have concluded.
Honourable, how bad is the situation in DP?
When you have a chief executive who no longer enjoys the majority, but does not have the courtesy to agree and step down, this is what happens. Mr Norbert Mao should concede that we get some elders to manage this election process and it will be those people to take us to the next delegates’ conference.
Whenever all this happens, the EC says they are taking Mao’s position as the official position of the party. All those things are happening because the government of Uganda chose to take him as our official president of DP. It is a connivance between NRM and Mao. The entire DP membership in Mukono has gone to [National Unity Platform leader Robert] Kyagulanyi’s party.
DP is the oldest party in the country and their problems are age-old…
It is because we have had dictators. Did you see these things happen in the times of Ben Kiwanuka? Kiwanuka was studying in London, and as soon as he returned then president Kasolo called the party members and told them that he was standing down for someone better placed to lead the party.
In the 1980s, there was no problem between Mr Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere and the other leaders of the party. Our problems were compounded during [Idi] Amin’s regime when they killed our president and then political parties were banned until 2004 when President Museveni changed his mind and allowed multiparty politics, which is on paper. In reality we are always facing a State party. In that process some of our leaders have decided to collaborate with the State.
There has always been a perception that DP belongs to the people in Buganda. Could this be part of the problem?
And what is wrong with that? Every political party has its stronghold. We have political parties leading big democracies yet they are called German Christian Party. All political parties have a history and we cannot hate our history. It is not an offense that my father was a DP member and his father was a UPC.
The reason why the Baganda Catholic went for DP is that they had been denied democracy in Mengo.
It was never an affair of other tribes, it was about us and our kingdom which believed that it must have their own religion. The Europeans who came here misled our cultural leaders to say that they were Protestants and some of us were Catholics. At that time, you would never be recognised because we were Catholics. It is during that time that people came up with a freedom fighting party which is DP.
Let me also tell you this, in 1960 Mengo refused to support DP and instead went for Milton Obote, was that tribalism? Was DP serving Buganda? We were locked out of Mengo, the Kabaka made his own political party named Kabaka Yekka and won 21 seats. He gifted them to Obote, is that what you call tribalism? Between Kiwanuka and Obote, who was from Buganda and who was favoured in that case?
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