‘Mbabazi a Bigger Threat to Opposition’


The uncertainty birthed by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s treacherous reaction to his sacking by president Yoweri Museveni last month is slowly creeping from the ruling NRM to the opposition political parties.

As President Museveni and the NRM force turn the guns onto the outgoing party pillar Hon Amama Mbabazi, Chimpreports reveals, the country’s opposition parties are equally perplexed and dangerously torn on whether to weep or toast to the shocking fall out.

Several top opposition officials separately confided in this website, they were unsure Mbabazi’s possible exit from NRM wouldn’t significantly hurt their interests and agenda.

In the event that the former premier’s purported presidential ambitions materialize, some opposition are now worried they stand lesser chances in 2016.

“People want to explore new options. They know that a party like NRM can easily be ripped by someone from the inside, than we the opposition,” said a senior Forum for Democratic Change official in an interview.

Insistent not to be named in this publication, the official went on, “Even in countries like Kenya, you realize that the people that took over from President Moi, were those who had served in his government, not from the opposition.”

“When (Col Kizza) Besigye broke away from NRM, you saw what happened. He overshadowed all the traditional political parties, and up to now he is literally the de facto leader of the opposition. I assure you, 90 percent of the people who voted him in 2001, didn’t know who he was.”

The official believes Mbabazi also stands a better chance of accessing funding from Museveni’s enemies within and outside the country, if he sustains his sprouting support from the youthful and vibrant portion of the population.

Though, Mbabazi remains tight-lipped on whether or not he craves the topmost executive seat, his severally unearthed underground moves and controversial social media comments point to a clearly bigger agenda.

Mr Mbabazi was recently quoted as stating that he would reveal his future plans “at the right time”

FDC spokesperson Mr John Kikonyogo is equally alive to the potential of the Kinkiizi West Member of Parliament. He however believes that his fall out with Museveni can be utilized to bring about faster change in the country.

Kikonyogo told our reporter, “What is most important for us is to have change first. If there emerges a person who has been with Museveni and turns against him, we lose nothing. If he can turn as many supporters as he can from Museveni, that is what we want.”

Uganda People’s Congress on the other hand, is still hesitant to embrace the former premier, or whichever intentions he nurses.

“We don’t want to analyze Mbabazi’s potential or weaknesses at this point. That’s not our interest,” noted party Vice President Mr Joseph Bossa.

Bbossa told Chimpreports that time wasn’t ripe for Mbabazi to be trusted by the opposition yet.

“What we know is that he is still in NRM, and still holds a large position there. When he decides to leave, then you can come and we chat,” concluded Bbossa.

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