Tamale: Museveni won’t alter constitution like Obote

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Yoweri Museveni returned to the bush after Obote abrogated the constitution and rigged 1980 elections

Outspoken presidential advisor on media matters, Tamale Mirundi, says his boss is different from former President Milton Obote who changed the constitution to stand again in elections.

Apollo Milton Obote led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonial administration.

Following the nation’s independence, he served as Prime Minister of Uganda from 1962 to 1966 and President of Uganda from 1966 to 1971, then again from 1980 to 1985.

He was overthrown by Idi Amin in 1971, but regained power after Amin’s 1979 overthrow.

The elections in 1980 were won by Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party.

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However, the UPC’s opposition believed that the elections were rigged and this led to a guerrilla war by Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army (NRA) and several other military groups.

According to Mirundi, Museveni will not be repeating the same mistakes as those of his predecessors.

“Abrogating and amending the constitution are two different things,” Mirundi said during the NBS TV “Extra” programme on Tuesday.

According to Mirundi, Museveni is different from Obote who abrogated the constitution.

“It’s time for President Museveni to appoint new people, a political scientist and a diplomat.”

Mirundi said former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, is an itching opponent that cannot allow Museveni to settle.

“The party is active everyday unlike the NRM. NRM is a revolutionary party that is fast becoming a party that accommodates the people.”

He went on: “Can you find a public rally of FDC with a tent? They don’t do that because thieves don’t steal from tents. It’s a propaganda strategy.

Mirundi says he was with the president from a close range for 14 years.

“What I didn’t get from him in those years I didn’t get.”

Besigye says Museveni is ready to amend the constitution and run again in 2021 presidential elections.

Museveni, on the other hand, accuses Besigye of being selfish and always seeking to cause bloodshed.

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