KIRYANDONGO- President Museveni on Tuesday told voters of Kibanda North, Kiryandongo District, that he has forgiven Mr Sam Amooti Otada, the former MP for the pain caused to him.
Addressing a rally at Bunyoro Catholic School, the President said Mr Otada wasted a lot of his valuable time abusing him instead of delivering services to his constituents.
The President said, although Mr Otada continued to fight him all this time round, he [Mr Otada] cannot manage him, giving example of a squirrel fighting with an elephant.
“When this man was talking ill against me, calling me a fool, I never responded yet I am the one who owns the bread, the money [for this country]….” the President said.
He added: “Like a father, I normally forgive people who serve me, including Otada.”
The President was in the area to campaign for National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag-bearer, Mr Taban Idi Amin.
Mr Taban Idi Amin is battling with Mr Otada for Kibanda North constituency seat.
The seat felt vacant after Mr Idi Amin was thrown out of Parliament by the Court of Appeal.
The Electoral Commission has set Thursday August 10, as the day for the constituency by-election, with Mr Otada running as an Independent candidate after losing the flag again to Mr Idi Amin in the NRM primaries.
President Museveni advised the people of Kibanda to vote for Mr Amin saying: “because when you vote for an NRM flag-bearer, work becomes easy.”
“I want you to vote for someone who will work with me on government projects. When you elect NRM candidates, it will also be possible for him to continue lobbying whatever services people need in the whole country,” the President told hundreds of supporters that gathered at the school playground.
“But you cannot work with government when you are anti-government. People should be pro-government to work for the people who have elected them,” he added.
The district NRM chairman, Mr Fred Balikwa Basome, said the President’s message will make them win the seat.
“There is no miracle! It is actually the obvious because here we are only NRM [supporters],” he told this newspaper in a separate interview.
Mr Taban Amin, the candidate’s father created a scene near the checkpoint after a group of youth knelt down on their knees to welcome him at the venue.
“I used to see these things in Nigerian movies. I never believed it can also happen here in Uganda,” a female soldier at the checkpoint told her colleagues.
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