PARLIAMENT | Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has advised President Museveni to focus on problems facing Ugandans and learn to live with the fact that legislators from Kampala have no time for his politics.
Ssemujju said if the president thinks he should not recognise them (Kampala MPs), then he should know that they as well do not recognise him as a legitimate leader.
The Opposition Chief Whip was drawn in the spat after Museveni criticised Kampala MPs for boycotting a function he had in downtown.
While launching the construction of the Kampala Flyover at Nakivubo Blue Primary School on Wednesday, Museveni told those in attendance that there will be no need to recognize Kampala MPs because the people in Kampala have no representatives in Parliament.
“I won’t even talk about them (Kampala MPs) and I pity you for not having MPs,” said the president, who is renowned for telling constituents that votes against NRM leaders that they will not get proper service delivery because they don’t send leaders who can speak to him.
But reacting to Museveni’s comments, Ssemujju said that as much as the president doesn’t recognize Kampala MPs, they too don’t recognise him “as he went to the bush and removed one of the presidents and all he has done is organise fake elections to stay in power.”
He said: “I mean we don’t recognize him as a legitimate leader. So he can sour-grape but there is no single NRM MP in Kampala and most likely there will be none in the next election.”
The Kira Municipality MP also said that the day Museveni subjects himself to a free and fair election, he will leave immediately, adding that as much as people’s behaviour changes and tend to be more conciliatory than when they were young, “Museveni wants to continue being stubborn even in old.”
“If I was his advisor, I would advise him to speak at the serious issues facing Uganda and Kampala MPs boycotting functions isn’t something anyone sensible he should be speaking about” he said.
Ssemujju blamed Museveni for Kampala MPs’ boycott saying they are paying him back for the teargas he throws at them when they attempt to carry out their legislative duties and are stopped by the security forces.
“So if he doesn’t recognize MPs in Kampala, does that mean they aren’t there or they are there? But if the MPs in Kampala can’t do their work, why should they go and do Museveni’s work when he closes roads in Kampala and then you hear him say that the MPs in Kampala want to go and disturb people in the market. So if Museveni wants competition in politics, let him allow people to do their work,” Ssemujju said.
Ssemujju also slammed the Kampala flyover equating it to problems for Ugandans as the money to construct the project is borrowed and will further worsen Uganda’s public debt.
“These flyovers that Museveni is launching people don’t know he is launching problems.We borrowed money. He is so happy we are doing flyovers, I can bet in about four years we shall be breaking those flyovers because this Kampala has no physical plan,” he said.