OPONDO: THIS IS M7’S LAST TIME ON BALLOT PAPER FOR THE PRESIDENT JOB
By Mulengera Reporters
For a while Mulengera News has been getting reports that President Museveni, whose government is already funding construction of roads in DR Congo, will be using the next five years (2021-2026) to work for the active actualization of the East African Political Federation and proceed to become its pioneer political head or President. These claims have interestingly been made by people who we consider to be his close political assistants and aides who say that precisely is what they can read his mind to be focused on beyond this Thursday’s general elections.
OPONDO SPILLS THE BEANS
Now government spokesman Zephaniah Ofwono Opondo is inadvertently lending credence to that rumor or corridor talk if what he articulated in his Sunday Vision column is anything to go by. The Sunday column was published under a piece titled: “Elections Will be fair, credible, peaceful & Uganda secure.” In the half page article, carried on the country’s leading newspaper’s page 13, Opondo characteristically bashes key opposition leaders namely Dr. Kizza Besigye, NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu, FDC’s Patrick Oboi Amuriat and ANT’s Mugisha Muntu. The man from Mulanda, renowned for taking no prisoners, also goes after Gen Henry Tumukunde and Norbert Mao all of whom he says are headed for nothing but the political Taiwan in the post-14th January Uganda.
The controversial government spokesman then dedicates the last part of the article to calling on fellow NRM supporters, leaders and members to work very hard to ensure massive victory for President Museveni and the NRM party at every electoral level adding that the ruling party will require such a comfortable majority as the next five years will be dedicated to resolving the succession question by ensuring the very best cadre emerges from within NRM to replace veteran leader YKT Museveni who, as of 2026, will have ruled Uganda for 40 straight years uninterrupted. Opondo also rallies NRM cadres not to worry about the so-called Plan B whose proponents, he says, will be defeated like before.
Specifically this is how the very boastful Opondo makes his point (verbatim): “NRM members and supporters ought to know that this is a watershed election to shape, determine and install a Museveni successor most certainly from within the NRM. Therefore even within the few remaining days to polling day, NRM mobilizers must have the long-term strategic view hence the imperative to win and control Parliament and Local Councils to solidify NRM’s endurance beyond Museveni.”
Opondo, whose revelations logically imply this is the last time Gen Museveni (who is already 76) is featuring on the Presidency ballot paper, adds: “The 11th Parliament and Local Councils alongside NRM party structures are going to be the next powerhouse [not State House anymore?], and therefore NRM must not cede any ground. The opposition and their allies in civil society shouldn’t be permitted to kick sand in our eyes. NRM needs every vote right now and that can only come through total unity of purpose. And NRM should prevail.”
This disclosure by Opondo comes ahead of the impending return to the mainstream government and NRM party business by John Patrick Amama Mbabazi who some say is the man Gen Museveni will closely be working with to effect a smooth transition from him to someone else from within the same ruling NRM which, in the President’s calculus, must continue ruling Uganda even after his eventual vacation of State House. There are also reports that in the next five years, Gen Museveni is pondering to effect many constitutional and legislative reforms through the 11th Parliament which Opondo in his article asserts NRM must numerically be controlled by the revolutionary NRM party. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).