The ruling National Resistance Movement [NRM] party Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, has clarified on rumours predicting President Museveni’s successor.
Lumumba was Wednesday January 23rd 2019 releasing the Party’s Political Road Map ahead of the 2020/ 2021 General Elections at NRM headquarters in Kampala City.
When asked about the succession plan, Lumumba told journalists that the NRM Central Executive Committee [CEC], the top party organ, has never discussed succession.
Lumumba stated that no discussion has been held at any organ of the party.
She said the NRM Constitution is clear on how one can compete for presidential flag bearer.
What happened to Muntu?
In 2017, Lumumba asked the people of Ntungamo District to woo back into the NRM fold former army commander, Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu, saying he is a sober politician and capable of succeeding Museveni.
Muntu, the former FDC president is now leading New Formation pressure group which is yet to be approved as a formal opposition political party.
Lumumba is quoted by Daily Monitor saying, “Gen Muntu comes from this district, from Kitunga, I even know the village where he comes from, he is a sober man but he is walking with wrong company. Talk to him as his brothers that he comes back, if there are any grievances or anything that angered him, we can resolve it.”
“He is someone who can bring back the presidency here; he is such a good player in a bad team,” she added.
In March 2017, the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hilary Onek, said: “Gen Muntu is one of those I respect and admire a lot; he was a very able army commander. We are still persuading him to come back to NRM… He is a very respectable person – I like him. I like his character and he is a nice guy, I even told him.”
Another potential successor in the public forum is first son Major General, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations.
— NBS Television (@nbstv) January 22, 2019
The rumour of Muhoozi succession got former coordinator of intelligence services in the UPDF, Gen David Sejusa, in trouble to the point of running into exile in the UK.
Museveni denied grooming his son to succeed him, saying Uganda had established systems for electing a president after him.
Appearing on NBS TV Tuesday, Presidential Advisor on Media Matters, Tamale Mirundi, said those fronting Muhoozi as Museveni’s successor were just confused.
“If Museveni wants his son to succeed him then he is not looking for life presidency,” Mirundi argued.
Mirundi said the two statements are contradictory unless Muhoozi is fighting his father.
“Do you still hear the Muhoozi scare? Museveni is bringing his son…yet they say he wants to die in power.”