The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] party says the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, is too respectful to do to President Museveni what Zimbabwe VP Emmerson Mnangagwa did to Robert Mugabe.
A seasoned Ugandan politician and lawyer, Ssekandi has been Vice President of Uganda since 24 May 2011. Prior to that, he served as the Speaker of Parliament from 2001 to 2011.
NRM party spokesperson, Rogers Mulindwa, said Sunday that Zimbabwe’s coup is the most peaceful coup he has ever seen.
“There was no looting, blood-shedding and torture,” said Mulindwa in admiration of the coup that removed Mugabe and has since been projected on Uganda by critics and western media.
Appearing on NBS “Eagle” programme, Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] deputy Secretary General, Kaija Harold, stated that Ssekandi can never replace Museveni as president like it was in Zimbabwe.
“Our VP’s authority only allows him to speak at funeral services,” Kaija belittled the NRM strongman.
In response, Mulindwa who was appearing on the same show, said VP Ssekandi “is very a respectful man” in that capacity.
“He can’t do what Mnangagwa did to Mugabe,” Mulindwa sounded confident.
Radio personality and government critic, Mivule Basajja, remarked: “No one should lie to you that there is something which can be done in this country without President Museveni being involved.”
In the same weekend he was being ridiculed on TV, Ssekandi was busy unleashing master dance strokes at Ambassador James William Kinobe’s wedding.
Kinobe wedded Mary Gohangaire at a function presided over by Kampala Arch of Kampala Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. Also in attendance was former Katikiiro of Buganda Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere among others.
The wedding came shortly after Ssekandi attended the funeral and burial of Kwame Musoke, a son to former Buganda Kingdom prime minister.
Kintu Musoke, closely associated with President Yoweri Museveni, served as Prime Minister of Uganda from 18 November 1994 to 5 April 1999.
He was later appointed to head a task force on fighting AIDS in Uganda.
Ssekandi visited his home and comforted him upon losing his son Kwame.
On the Sunday of November 19, 2017, Ssekandi told youth that marriage creates a sense of responsibility and organisation providing security and assurance for the couple and also parents and their families.
He was speaking at the wedding reception of Sergeant Kagulu Fabian one of his security detail officers who married Jane Francisca Nabukenya at Masaka Pentecostal church in Masaka Municipality.
He said that marriage is a joyous achievement in life but urged couples to choose their friends selectively to avoid negativity of people who are simply bent on breakup happy relationships.
The couple were wed by Pastor Mukabi Sam at Masaka Pentecostal church in Masaka later hosted their quests a reception at Masaka Pentecostal Gardens.