Chief Coordinator Operation Wealth Creation Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho aka Salim Saleh (Rtd) has revealed how he campaigned for his brother and President Museveni only to end up being disappointed.
While giving opening remarks at the West Nile Investment Symposium, Gen Saleh who was also the Symposium Convener told stories of the bush war and how he was once chased from a forest.
“I’m so happy to be here. I’m very grateful to Muni which gave me a chance to come back to West Nile.”
“I’m back to west Nile to hear your number considerations of what you want do and how we can develop together. This time you are my bosses unlike last time.”
He then narrated how he worked so hard to campaign for the president only to be left out of the cabinet.
Speaking at Muni University in Arua town, the presidential advisor on military matters said he had just been dropped in 2009 as minister of Finance having served from 2006 to 2008.
He decided to use the 2011 elections to make a comeback in the cabinet.
“I was here [West Nile] 8 years ago [2010/2011]. I talked to villagers and he [Museveni] won.”
“I thought I would be rewarded with a ministerial post but I was left behind. I am glad today I have come back here as a different person,” Saleh narrated.
The retired General said he was very angry that Museveni left him out in the cold.
“I had campaigned very hard and the president won with a big margin. Then I waited from here. Later, cabinet came out and I was nowhere.”
An angry Saleh went back to Kampala and sold his house in Garuga before moving to a village called Kapeeka which helped him start afresh.
Saleh made an interesting case for the subsistence farmer in the Agricultural Value Chain.
He said research shows that of all the actors, the Ugandan Farmer is the weakest actor in the power relations of the agricultural sector.
He urged business leaders to take advantage of the forum to build sustainable partnerships for investments in the region.
General Salim Saleh is a high-ranking military officer in the Uganda People’s Defence Force, the armed forces of Uganda.
He is a brother to the current President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, and an adviser to the President on military matters.
He served as Minister of State for Microfinance from 2006 to 2008.