Presidential advisor on media matters, Tamale Mirundi, has taken a swing on Oxfam International executive director, Winnie Byanyima, for daring attack his employer, President Yoweri Museveni.
Speaking at the burial of her father, the late Mzee Boniface Byanyima, over the weekend in Ruti Mbarara district, Winnie warned Museveni not to tamper with the constitution this time in order to run for presidency in 2021 elections.
“I stand in pride to be a daughter to this great man. To Museveni and NRM, don’t be tempted to use your numbers to change the constitution to deny us a peaceful transition of power,” Winnie said, with the knowledge that by 2021, Museveni will be above the 75 constitutional age and is thus not expected to run for presidency.
According to Winnie, Uganda cannot develop if everyone just keeps quiet and lets the ruling regime do as it wishes.
“I challenge all people on all sides, people speak out, when you see corruption, and injustice speak out. Justice is when instead of taking a few government officials abroad for treatment, money is invested in Ugandans hospitals for all citizens to access treatment,” she said.
Winnie maintained that Museveni who grew up in Byanyima’s household but missed the burial, has come to an end of his time and should peacefully transfer power to another person.
“Our country is the only one in East Africa that has not seen a peaceful transition of power. Ugandans should not be denied chance to effect their own peaceful transfer of power.”
Mirundi lashes out
Speaking on “NBS TV Extra” programme Tuesday, Mirundi told Winnie to first stop fronting her husband and Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] strongman, Dr Kizza Besigye, before asking the ruling party to do away with Museveni.
Besigye has so far stood against Museveni four times, losing them all to the incumbent who he treated during the bush war that toppled Idi Amin and Milton Obote governments.
“Why is it that the whole parliament with NRM having the biggest percentage is just stammering? They lack information,” Mirundi stated.
He said Uganda has a constitutional and it would do the needful.
“Winnie said Museveni should leave power, let her stop seconding Besigye from standing for presidency first,” he pointed out, adding, “then we shall also stop seconding Museveni from seeking a new term.”
But Winnie says Uganda’s problem is people keeping silent in the face of injustices.
“Speaking truth to power is a necessary part of the journey of a nation Uganda that needs to develop,” she pointed out.
“Silence is complicity. Speak truth to power. I challenge all people on all sides, people speak out, when you see corruption, injustice speak out.”
According to Winnie, justice is when instead of taking a few government officials abroad for treatment, money is invested in Ugandans hospitals for all citizens to access treatment.
“President Museveni and NRM, don’t be tempted to use your numbers to change the constitution and deny us the chance for a peaceful transfer of power.”
She said when her father was fighting in parliament, President Milton Obote used party numbers to abrogate the constitution of Uganda leading to instabilities that ended in 1986.
She the then speaker of parliament who was in Uganda People’s Congress [UPC], exploited the fact that the opposition had few benches in the house and used the numbers to deny them chance to speak.