Mbabazi to resume rallies after UK trip

Kampala.

Former prime minister Amama Mbabazi yesterday vowed to immediately resume his presidential campaigns after returning from the United Kingdom (UK) with his wife Jacqueline who has been undergoing treatment there since October.

Mr Mbabazi, an independent presidential candidate under the Go Forward pressure group, said now that his wife is out of danger, he will start hunting for votes.

“I thank you for your prayers and the love you have showed us,” Mr Mbabazi told boda boda cyclists who escorted him and wife from Entebbe airport.

“We have now reached home, she (Jacqueline) will have some rest and tomorrow (today), I am headed for Pallisa to resume the campaigns. I don’t have time to rest,” he said at his home in Kololo, a city suburb.

The former NRM secretary general was also hesitant to disclose the ailing afflicting his wife, only promising that at the right time, she would “talk about it (ailment) herself”.

“When she went, she was in a life- threatening situation but she is now fine and the doctors have worked on her. She has not fully recovered but doctors will be treating her as an outpatient and our doctors here can do that,” Mr Mbabazi said.

The boda boda cyclists reported to him how they are being harassed and arrested by police for supporting him.

Mr Mbabazi then asked them if his lawyers had not intervened, before making a telephone call and tasking the person on the phone to take up the matter immediately. He also urged his supporters to ignore those who have defected to President Museveni’s camp, calling them traitors.

Lobbying Diaspora

Meanwhile, Mr Mbabazi, while in the UK, met with Ugandans in the diaspora on Monday, accusing successive governments of neglecting them yet they contribute to Uganda’s economic growth.

This was entailed in a statement sent to Daily Monitor by the newly appointed interim chairperson of Ugandans in the diaspora, Mr Godfrey Ssekisonge.

In the statement, Mr Mbabazi promised them that if he wins the 2016 presidential election, all Ugandans abroad will have a right to vote from embassies and missions. He added that they will have a right to own freehold and mailo land and that a diaspora service division would be set up at all embassies.

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Mbabazi’s wife returns from UK hospital

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR