Mbabazi: I’ll Return in Next Election Season
Amama Mbabazi Told Otafiire He was Going to Rear Chicken after Presidential Election Loss
Former premier Amama Mbabazi has told reporters it is now not time for politics and that he will return in the next “season of politics”.
Political seasons are largely understood to mean election times.
Mbabazi lost in the 2016 presidential election and has been rare in public space – largely surfacing at family events.
In 2014, President Yoweri Museveni sacked then premier Amama Mbabazi in a lone reshuffle, replacing him with Ruhakana Rugunda.
Mbabazi would run against Museveni barely two years later.
Even today, Mbabazi invited the press to his Kololo home to brief Ugandans on the marriage of his niece Bridget Birungi Rwakairu to Andile Ramaphosa, son to South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Season for Everything
“There is a season for everything and there will be a season for politics,” Mbabazi told reporters who sought to squeeze some juicy political statements out of the rare public figure.
“For now, I am sticking to the wedding.”
And Mbabazi once again reminded the press of the “I will tell you when I will tell you” joke that characterized the time before his announcements, his declaration for competed against Museveni in 2015.
“When the political season comes, I will say something,” said Mbabazi.
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Amama Mbabazi: I told Otafiire I was Going to Rear Chicken
Mbabazi then revealed how Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Gen Kahinda Otafiire called him to inquire his next course of action after the 2016 election.
When the journalists insisted that he says something of political significance, he said that he
“Gen Otafiire called me after the election and asked what I was going to do with my life,” narrated Mbabazi.
“I told him that I will do what you people designed for the losers: I will go and rear chicken.”
It is not clear whether Otafiire was calling Mbabazi just as a colleague or whether Museveni had assigned him to help bring back the ‘Prodigal Son’.
Some reports had claimed Museveni and Mbabazi had reached an agreement to have the former ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretary general return as vice president.
But for now, that remains to be seen when Museveni makes a reshuffle – as has been rumoured in political corridors.