Former Soroti Municipality legislator, Mike Mukula, says he has a lot of hope in President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba as a future leader of Uganda.
“I like to be called Mukula because I am proud of my roots and country,” the ruling party vice chairperson for Eastern region was on Sunday appearing on NBS TV “Face-Off” programme.
Speaking on the same matter earlier, UPDF veteran and presidential security advisor for central Uganda, Brig Kasirye Gwanga, said Museveni would bring is son as successor for the presidency.
Museveni has on several occasions denied hatching such a plot which was first publicised by Gen David Sejusa in the 2013 so-called “Muhoozi project”.
According to Mukula, even if he doesn’t hold power, Muhoozi has the potential to change the destiny of Uganda and turn it into a modern state.
“I have alot of hope in Muhoozi (President’s son),” Mukula said over the weekend, adding, “Even if he is not in power, he will do a lot of change.”
Mukula said the ruling party was determined to groom young leaders who will take over power citing the case of first son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo, who challenged NRM historical, Matayo Kyaligonza, for western region chairmanship.
Odrek is still a young man and has a lot of opportunities, Mukula argued.
He cited other cases of NRM secretary general, Kasule Lumumba, her deputy Richard Todwong and Treasurer, Rose Namayaja as well as her deputy Kenneth Omona.
“All these are young people. 68 percent of parliament are below 35 years and by 2021, we will have over 80 percent of young leaders.”
He added: “This is an evolution from the internal democracy of the party. We want to replenish the leadership with young people. Sometimes the competition may not give you what you want. Democracy is the will of the people but it may not give you what you want.”
All said and done, Mukula noted, NRM internal democratic mechanism will ensure the party will be here in many years to come. “It is not about to lose power. There is no way to change that.”
Asked to comment on the proposed lifting of the presidential age limit, Mukula said he has a lot of confidence in president Museveni.
“Many people does realise where Uganda has come from. The challenges in this country are still many including poverty and unemployment.”
He said no government has caused stability and peace like NRM has done noting that since 1962, Uganda had peace for only four years.
“From 66 to 69 when an attempt was made on Milton Obote life in Lugogo, till 1971 coup by Idi Amin and the dictatorship up to 1979, Uganda knew no peace. Then followed instability up to 1986 when for the first time Uganda had peace.”
“All that tells you without peace and stability, nothing will prosper. Democracy is dynamic. Uganda’s constitution is not the bible or Koran. It is the will of the people, let them decide,” he said.
Mukula reiterated that the president has spoken on age limit, saying it is not content for discussion.
“It would be superfluous for me to discuss a matter that is not on the agenda now. It is the mandate of the people of Uganda to decide.”
He added: “The evolution of Uganda into a modern state will be achieved by the will of the people. Right now age limit is a non-issue because it is not on the agenda.”
Quitting elective politics
Mukula said he decided to stop away from elective politics which he kicked off as chairman LC1 in Bugolobi and rose to councillor, MP and then minister of state for health.
On losing his seat to a member of forum for democratic change, Mukula said politics is a game of numbers and that when people make a choice and speak, that is democracy.
“You can negate on the voice and choice of the people.”
On disarming the Karamojong, Mukula said Karamoja was very unstable in the 1990s with over 60,000 guns which they used to rustle cattle mostly in Teso sub region.
Mukula said he lost over 144 Arrow Boys militia fighters in the war to pacify Karamoja as well as getting rid of Lord’s Resistance Army warlord, Joseph Kony.
He said over 646 ordinary fighters and 43 senior Kony commanders were put out of action.
After the escape of Kony to Central Africa, Arrow Boys were integrated into the national army [UPDF].