Museveni is becoming increasingly powerless – Gen Sejusa

President Museveni  (2nd left) with his embattled Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi (3rd from left) who nurses desires to achieve replace the long serving Ugandan leader.
President Museveni (2nd left) with his embattled Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi (3rd from left) who nurses the desire to replace the long serving Ugandan leader.

Gen Museveni’s advice came shortly after his former colleague in the Museveni government who is currently the Ugandan Prime Minister, Mr Amama Mbabazi, was rumoured to be considering resigning from the powerful position of Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). The Ugandan general said his former boss may now not be in a real position to exercise control over the NRM. He said: “Uganda is going through interesting times and hope all pro-democracy actors are thinking seriously about the options open to us as we get closer to the crossroads.”

He said as the Museveni regime comes nearer to its last days, the party he has used to govern Uganda for the last 28 years is growing weaker and looks disjointed. Gen Sejusa said the Ugandan leader he served for nearly 30 years seems to have destroyed the very mechanisms that he would have used at a time of need. “Some of us warned him many times but he couldn’t take heed mainly because of his selfish designs to hold on to power no matter what. He didn’t envisage that there will come a time when he will have reduced energy and limited mental grasp of events by mere passage of time,” Gen Sejusa said.

He added: “Perhaps Ugandans should start getting concerned and worried about the danger the country faces when we face total collapse of the formal state and power is held by clusters of self-serving power centres with diverse interests.” Sejusa who has been marooned in England since April last year after writing articles in the press that the Museveni government thought were treasonable, said it was “time for Ugandans to start seriously thinking about the real problem of whether Mr Museveni has the capacity, in real terms, to offer substantive reforms which would be deemed to undermine the interests of these power centres which have arisen out of the corruption, cronyism and family rule over time”.

Commenting on allegations made by a former Ugandan cabinet minister Zoe Bakoku Bakoru about corruption being exercised by very senior government officials, Gen Sejusa said Bakoru’s comments during interviews she has made in the United States where she sought political asylum were important because they were being said by a former senior government minister. “Mrs Bakoru was serving in an area where the Museveni’s stealing clique has perfected the methods through which they swindle public funds,” Gen Sejusa said. He added: “What she says is only a tip of the iceberg and she has come up with information of a rather extensive network used to stash away stolen money to foreign banks.

One thought on “Museveni is becoming increasingly powerless – Gen Sejusa

  • March 5, 2014 at 8:08 am
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    The challenges of national leadership can never be under-estimated, and Sejusa is right to remind us of this, however, I am sure the vast majority of exiles are aware of this, though they may lack an appreciation of its magnitutde. The main worry is that the current crop of opposition leaders put together have not adequately demonstrated any ability to offer better (even equal) leadership that the NRM has exhibited in the last 3 decades.

    Talk of (new) emerging power centers in NRM has been around for as long as the movement has existed, but they still managed to offer better leadership (and maintained it) than all other post independence governments in Uganda put together.

    On the other hand, the current opposition is so fractured that it makes the so called emerging power centers in NRM seem like a planned internal re-organisation or even better, an organised decentralisation of power! The pertinent concern here being how this same hopelessly fractured opposition can expect the rest of us to believe they can muster the cohesion necessary for national leadership and take us to the next level.

    In any case, the emerging power centers in opposition are all NRM cadres, so where is the change then? Do we need to change govt because these Muntu’s, Sejusa’s, Bakoko’s etc feel the time is right and so we should? M7 is known as a visionary for good reason and is the “coincidence” of the emergence of the leading power centers in opposition having been NRM cadres at this seemingly critical time where fractures within the NRM appear from within one of M7’s master-plans?

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