Uganda’s former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, on Monday, declared his intention to challenge long-term ally, President Yoweri Museveni for the presidency in the 2016 election.
In a statement through YouTube, Mr. Mbazazi, who is seen as a strong contender to the current president, said he wanted to breathe “new life into our system of government” and that Ugandans are yearning for “not simply a change in leadership but a change of systems, a change in order”.
This move is regarded as a real threat to President Yoweri Museveni nearly 3 decades rule with general elections slated for early next year. Interestingly, the 2 personalities are both founding members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) led by Museveni.
Mr. Mbazazi was removed as prime minister in September 2014 in a ministerial reshuffle by Museveni. No reason was given for his removal but allegations that Mbazazi was nursing a presidential ambition to unseat Museveni is believed to be the reason for his removal.Mbazazi, who served as a minister for 20 years, says he wants revive the ruling NRM and “return to its roots” as a “genuine, accountable and democratic movement”.Amama Mbabazi will officially challenge President Museveni when the NRM goes to congress meeting later this year. He is believed to be popular amongst the average members of the party serving as a general secretary of the NRM and a strategist in the past.