“The time for NRM to declare an alternative presidential candidate will come. You will be shocked that NRM has a pool of bale leaders” – Frank Tumwebaze
That the Minister and High-Ranking Official within the National Resistance Movement, Frank Tumwebaze thinks people are stupid. At least think they are naïve and cannot see the realities as they are.
The NRM is built around the sole candidacy of the President. His words are law and his directives are the gospel. He is both the salvation, the redemption and the punisher. All in one package. It is just like the Minister doesn’t know this.
Frankie Boy might think this is brilliant to say in the future there will be another candidate. In the future there will be another Presidential Candidate from the Movement. That will only happen when the current one stops breathing.
When the Minister speaks of pool of leaders. There been plenty with ambition to beat and overcome the President. That is well known, there been Besigye, Mbabazi, Bukenya, Muntu and so forth. There are plenty who been part of the Movement but gone tired of the Sole Candidate and left the building.
The honourable minister knows all of this but acts like it’s not a thing. We all know, that the son is aiming for the throne. Muhoozi wants to become the second-generation President. Just like a royalty. While, Tumwebaze thinks of others, however, he cannot mention him. We know that he has gotten higher and higher roles. That is why the NRM is awaiting his time.
The President is the sole candidate for life. There will be no other as long as his alive. Unless, the army makes a coup d’état. Until then, will the President be golden oldie Yoweri. That is just the way things is. There is no denying in that.
Frank might think he can play with words, because in some sense its true. However, indefinitely it will be the “High Above”. The NRM will not switch away from him. That will be seen as treason. If the honourable had said something else, he would be on the chopping block or become an independent.
The time for a new presidential candidate in the NRM is only when Yoweri stops breathing. Until then, he runs the shop and owns the shop. It is Yoweri’s shop. That is just the mere reality and Frank cannot run away from that.
There will be no sudden changes of leadership here. Museveni is going down the Mugabe route. The indefinite ruler, the survivor and advanced age overlord of the Republic. The party will not change that. He will not suffer the humiliation of seeing Amama or Gilbert on the throne. No, there will be none of that.
Succession will not happen through protocol, but through order of life. Meaning, only when the lifer is gone and vigils in Parliament have been held. In the meanwhile, we can play footsie with the idea, but there is no real challenge. The sole candidate is for life and no one else will dare to question that. If they do, then they are gone in a hot minute. Peace.