By Jumah Nsubuga
The former Vice president Gilbert Bukenya has threatened to de-campaign the Ruling party National Resistance Movement party countrywide.
While addressing news reporters at parliament, Bukenya said that since the NRM is discriminating him, he is also going to de-campaign it.
He (Bukenya) says that, he has been on occasions blocked from addressing his people about his plans to stand for the 2016 general elections. He says police normally cites orders from above.
“Government has already started holding rallies about its plans in 2016 general elections and nobody stops them but when others (The opponents) call for rallies police stops us saying that we are not allowed to hold rallies. Am going also to launch a nationwide wide campaign to de-campaign government (NRM).There is a danger if government doesn’t allow me and other opposition candidates to talk to our people” Bukenya noted.
He also said that blocking the opposition from addressing rallies indicates that 2016 general elections will not be free and fair. “If NRM government doesn’t stop blocking me from addressing my people, I will not participate in 2016 general elections. ” He added.
He also said that, he is ready to quit NRM because there is no law which stops him from joining other political parties. “If things comes to the worst, I will not hesitate from dropping NRM to another other party because even the party (NRM) boss (Museveni) was not born NRM. Mr Museveni was DP then after some dis-agreements with DP, he crossed to UPC, then UPM and later formed NRM.What I can’t change in my life is the village where I was born from and my religion Christianity but crossing from NRM to another party cannot take even a minute for me” He confirmed.
When he was questioned about his benefits as the former Vice president, he castigated to the ministry of public service for discriminating him. “I hear the current Vice president Edward Ssekandi and the former Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi were given their benefits but for me I haven’t received mine. We must follow laws and the constitution. Some people are favored while others are discriminated. Am also entitled to these benefits but I don’t see why the ministry of public service is halting my benefits. I have written to them demanding my benefits which include a vehicle and a house among others but I have not received a written response from the ministry”.
About the public order management law which was passed by parliament in a controversial manner, Bukenya urged the president (Museveni) not to be tempted and assent to that law because the law is dangerous to Ugandans. “If Mr President assents on that law before making amendments in some clauses, it will cause hard time to Ugandans.