Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi says he fell out with his comrade President Museveni after advising the latter to retire from politics and pave way for the young people take up the leadership of the country.
Mbabazi says after giving the advice to President Museveni that “there was life outside politics”, the head of state instead pushed him away.
The two have been friends for decades.
Mbabazi was seen as the second most powerful government official after Museveni only to remove from the position of Prime Minister ahead of the 2016 general elections.
He also was ousted as NRM Secretary General at a Delegates’ conference at Namboole stadium.
Mbabazi responded by declaring his presidential bid, unsettling the establishment.
Speaking this past Sunday as a Guest of Honor at Kihihi High School where he helped raise over Shs 67m for completion of the Multipurpose Hall, Mbabazi said while he was pushed out he is still friends with President Museveni.
He said politics should not bring about enmity among people.
“I had disagreements with my friend President Museveni. Do you know why we disagreed?” he asked the audience.
“It is that I wanted him to retire. I have all along been talking good of him and I kept doing so even in the campaigns. I never talked bad of him as he led us well in the war and we won,” said Mbabazi.
“In the government he led us well and as of now Uganda has been transformed. I thanked him I will die thanking him but time comes when you have to retire. So whenever we get political differences and we become enemies that is not right.”
Mbabazi said Ugandans need to be tolerant to each other even if they don’t share similar political ideologies.
The former premier has kept many guessing on his next move.
While he is expected to contest for president in the next elections, Mbabazi remains tight-lipped on his political plans.
He told the people of Kihiihi he was no longer committing his “full time” in active politics but that he would always contribute to the development of Uganda.
Mbabazi contributed 400 iron sheets worth Shs 18m while businessman James Musinguzi Garuga donated 200 iron sheets worth Shs 9m.
James Ruugi Kaberuka, the Kinkiizi West Member of Parliament asked people to always put aside politics when it comes to issues of development.
Kihihi High school head teacher Stanley Turyasingura said the school which started work in 1983 with a population of about 50 students has grown to accommodate over 1,500 students.
He said money raised will be used to complete the Multipurpose Hall which will create a conducive learning environment for the increased number of students.