Presidential advisor on media matters, Tamale Mirundi, says his boss, President Yoweri Museveni, has for 30 years occupied space, which would, in normal circumstances, be filled by three presidents.
“Museveni has been president for 30 years,” Mirundi said Tuesday morning while appearing on NBS TV programme ‘One on One with Tamale Mirundi’.
Last week, Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] issued a notice threatening to revoke NBS TV’s licence over Mirundi’s conduct and language, especially after he lost control and almost fought in studio.
When he returned today, Mirundi started by congratulating himself for “defeating Mengo and making sure the whole palace is quiet”.
He then turned attention to his employer saying by this time, “there would be three presidents if each was in power for 10 years”.
Yet, when the host Lutaaya Muyanga pointed out that Museveni has failed to solve the sugar problem, Mirundi went on the defensive saying the president “solved the problem because he rehabilitated sugar companies”.
According to Mirundi, the problem in Uganda is that “we have a surgeon who is a cannibal” hence, the sugar crisis remains a boomerang.
“Malice keeps following Ugandans. We tend to be rotating around the same mountain. Museveni realized the sugar problem in 2011,” he said.
Mirundi said this marks the time when president Museveni publicly said Uganda will be producing its own sugar.
“He gave sugarcane factories acres of land to grow more sugarcanes.”
After exhausting the sugar question, Mirundi picked on the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, who was recently handed a new contract as the police chief.
Mirundi said Kayihura has received a new contract and he is going to keep it but something has to change in the police.
“You can’t move from one political end to another. I can never abuse Museveni. It’s only in religion that Saul became Paul.”
He added: “If every time you fight with your wife you break property, you’ll never develop.”
Mirundi advised Kayihura to learn how to treat people saying brainy people are not many.
“These people made a mistake, they don’t have collective responsibility. You can be a good player but fail to score any goal.”
As for those personally harassing him, Mirundi said: “If you harass me, you’ll force me to do something; I can start a political party.”
He added: “I’m not begging you for anything. Give me freedom to work, allow me to operate as I’m.”