KAMPALA – Government Chief Whip, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa has said it is about time Ugandans moved on from debate on who will succeed President Yoweri Museveni, saying NRM isn’t barren and the children in the party are not planning to fight their elders; rather they are waiting for their time to rise to power.
Ms Nankabirwa made the remarks today while meeting with journalists at Parliament and asked why NRM is silent on the party chairman’s succession; Nankabirwa said there is no need for such a debate because the offspring in NRM are not vultures waiting for the death of their parents to take over power.
“NRM isn’t barren, we have produced people who respect their elders, who don’t plan to kill their parents so that they can become heirs,” she said.
On whether NRM has already identified a successor among the children, Nankabirwa said, “NRM has children who are learning from their parents once the parents are no longer there, we know who is stepping in, there could be a thousand of them but we have the capacity to say no, you abandoned us.”
Ms Nankabirwa who is also Kiboga Woman MP, defended NRM’s decision to keep Museveni at the helm of NRM leadership arguing that Uganda hasn’t attained full African integration, a vision they share with President Museveni.
“Unfortunately, some people just see Uganda, they are just seeing the boundaries of Uganda but for us we are beyond Uganda, we want somebody who will take us to a solid Africa, real pan Africanism where we go and tussle it out with the other world. For us our President isn’t only President for Uganda, he is a real president who helps stranded countries, a president who gives ideas about North and South Korea when the rest are planning sanctions,” she emphasised.
President Museveni took over power in 1986 and his critiques have castigated him for holding onto power for over three decades with no signs of naming a successor, something they say would be catastrophic upon his departure from Uganda’s political scene.