Kabale: Last Sunday was a day for tributes, and thanksgiving as Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s family celebrated 99 and 84 years of the life, respectively, of Reverend Canon Geresomu and Everina Ruhindi, the parents of his wife Jacqueline.
Speaking hours later on Voice of Kigezi in Kabale, an emboldened Mbabazi said anybody in the ruling NRM could run for president, signalling a possibility that he was not ruling himself out of the 2016 contention just yet.
“People should not be worried. In the movement, everyone who wants to stand is at liberty,” Mbabazi said.
He said his relationship with President Museveni, the NRM chairman, was very healthy although they did not agree on all things all the time. He reiterated that the Kyankwanzi resolution endorsing Museveni’s sole candidacy in the 2016 elections was just an opinion of the MPs.
Mbabazi also said he planned to write a book detailing his contribution to the FronasaNRA struggle as well as his long relationship with Museveni. Unlike in many interviews in which he always offered guarded and calculated responses, this time Mbabazi spoke freely and boldly – in Rukiga.
He criticised junior ministers Rosemary Najjemba and Nekesa Oundo, who sharply attacked him during a recent NRM MPs’ caucus meeting at State House Entebbe. Najjemba, the minister of state for Urban Development faulted Mbabazi for failing to rein in his wife (Jacqueline), accused of mobilising politically against the president.
On Sunday, Mbabazi shot back: “In the caucus meeting at State House, a junior Minister Najjemba said: ‘how can you fail to control your wife or wives, what kind of secretary are you?’
“It is amazing this lady has had a marriage breakup. She has a second man. I looked at her but forgave her.”
Mbabazi was in Kabale to attend a thanksgiving ceremony of his father-in-law rev Canon Geresom Ruhindi and mother-in-law Everina Ruhindi. During the function at St Peter’s cathedral, Rugarama, Kabale town, Mbabazi praised the Ruhindis for bringing up God-fearing and hardworking daughters and for insisting on educating them.
“These women give us strength,” Mbabazi said before adding that the Ruhindi family and his had grown so big that if “I am looking for votes, I have enough from amongst the family.”
The Ruhindis produced 11 children nine girls and two boys. All the boys died while the girls are still alive.
Some of their prominent daughters are Jacqueline Mbabazi, the chairperson of the NRM Women League and Hope Mwesigye, the former minister for Agriculture. Ruhindi, 99, praised God for his achievements. He said he had enjoyed serving the diocese and would continue giving aice when requested.
For decades, Ruhindi, served as a reverend in Kigezi diocese. Mbabazi and family contributed Shs 23 million out of Shs 41 million required to build the Revival hall.
Source : The Observer