By Spy Uganda
Kampala: In a bitter row, President Museveni in 2014 punched his long time friend John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, out office as the ninth Prime Minister of Uganda and replaced him with Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda.
Thereafter, Mbabazi who played an instrumental role in Uganda’s protracted liberation struggle from several tyrannical governments (1972-1986) and ended up becoming a founding member of NRM, in a bid to oust his friend turned enemy from the leadership, he opted to preach evil against him through his campaigns while running for the Presidency in 2016.
However, Mbabazi’s relationship with Museveni normalized after elections that saw Museveni trouncing all his rivals something that left a couple of Ugandans wondering how the row could have been sealed in silence.
Now, in his journey of conversing for votes in Kitgum to retain his seat, Museveni revealed that he had reached out to his other political friends they had disagreements with, Mbabazi inclusive.
He noted, “I had differences with Amama Mbabazi, my late friend Eriya Kategaya. They took some positions which were unfair according to my opinion but after the 2006 election, I invited him and asked him, Eriya do you still support our ideas? He said yes the only problem he had said I go home. Go home who will manage to finish the job and you thought you could do it better when you are alone than when we are together? I didn’t agree with what they were saying.”
From history, Museveni said he contacted Mbabazi in 1974 after an attack on Uganda backfired and some prominent people, including Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (now Prime Minister), who was part of Museveni’s underground network, had to flee the country.
Museveni also noted that he had spoken to other leaders like Betty Kamya the former President of the Federal Alliance political party and brought them back to Government. Kamya is now the Minister for Lands.
“We are after aims and not individual issues,” Museveni revealed.