Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has said there is no difference in the way he looks at President Museveni and Security minister Henry Tumukunde.
“I look at (Henry) Tumukunde the same way I look at Museveni,” Dr Besigye said, in reaction to Friday’s praises of him by Gen Tumukunde.
During the burial of Timothy Mark Kainamura, the son of NRM historical and former minister Mathew Rukikaire, in Rukungiri District, the minister described Dr Besigye as a powerful man who never abuses his power.
“There has never been a person in Uganda with power than Col Kizza Besigye. Even when he was still in government, if he summoned you, you would see a young man with power under 30 years. But he never abused his power,” Gen Tumukunde said.
However, the four-time presidential candidate said Gen Tumukunde’s praises do not surprise him since he and Mr Museveni work for the same goals.
“It’s Museveni who employs him [Tumukunde], gives him orders, arrests him when they disagree and acquit/forgive him when he wants. So Tumukunde and Museveni work for same goals,” Dr Besigye said.
Whereas Gen Tumukunde on Friday urged Dr Besigye to reconcile with his political nemesis, President Museveni, the opposition leader instead said the current regime is the verge of collapse and urged the minister to quit.
“I have a duty to keep urging most people who work for Museveni to realise that that the Museveni project is dead. The Tumukundes should be clever like flies not to be buried with carcasses”, he said.
Dr Besigye was speaking to journalists in Mbale Town on Sunday after attending service at St Andrews Cathedral.
Police in Mbale on Saturday afternoon forced Dr Besigye to abandon, midway, a function he was attending.
He had been invited to among other things talk ethics, discipline and goodwill to Rotaractors, who are mainly medical students of Busitema University.
Management of Mbale Resort were reportedly ordered to stop the function or ask the guest of honour, Dr Besigye to leave.