The President General of the opposition Democratic Party (DP) Hon Nobert Mao has called on Minister of Works and Transport and Former Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Edward Katumba Wamala to revise his “intimidating statements” on opposition pressure group, People Power led by Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi commonly known as Bobi Wine.
Katumba on Monday said that Government will not sit back and watch as People Power brings chaos to the country with the intension of winning the presidency.
“Those red berets you see; you can only watch them on TV. This is not Sudan or Libya. Uganda is a different country,” he said.
“We who brought the current (peace) you have, you cannot think that we are going to sit back and watch you start playing around with it.”
This comes just a week after the elections body, the Electoral Commission gave permission to People Power leader Bobi Wine to consult the population about his 2021 presidential bid.
Today, Mao described the words of Gen Katumba as “unfortunate, uncalled for and extremely provocative.”
Mao told Katumba that Ugandans have a right to choose who should lead them.
“Uganda has a constitution as mutilated as it is and it is Ugandans who choose those that should lead Uganda.”
“For a General who is so respected like Gen Katumba Wamala to start threatening young people by saying that they (the Government) are not going to just go like that; I wish to advise Gen Katumba Wamala that there will be Uganda after Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and NRM.”
“The people of Uganda have welcomed and seen off many Governments. The people of Uganda are welcome and farewell committes combined. It is only the people who never go anywhere.”
He added, “That statement by Gen Katumba Wamala was unfortunate, it was uncalled for and was extremely provocative. It was not worthy him as an officer and gentleman who many Ugandans have respected.”
“That now puts him at the same side as people like Kahinda Otafiire and Gen Elly Tumwine. We call upon Gen Katumba Wamala to quickly clarify that statement,” said Mao.