Veteran opposition leader Col (Rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye has told first son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba he is not about to stop condemning President Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s acts of corruption, nepotism, patronage and presidential monarchy.
It all started when Besigye criticized Muhoozi’s wife Charlotte Nankunda Kainerugaba and her sister Ishta Asiimwe Muganga over irregularities in the procurement of Covid19 oxygen plants.
Besigye dug up a Covid19 Interventions Report released by the Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit (Bmau) of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Mofped) to bolster up his condemnation of the first family’s involvement in the scandal.
“The COVID19 bonanza by Uganda’s NRM/M7 Junta “royals” is as brazen as it’s repugnant. The numerous “urgent procurements” for Covid19 response didn’t follow any procurement procedures,” observed Besigye on December 03.
“Though “very urgently” done, many of the procured items haven’t been delivered after several months! Among the bonanza beneficiaries are Mrs Charlotte Keinerugaba (wife to Gen Muhoozi Keinerugaba) and her sister Mrs Ishta Muganga; both ladies being the daughters of Hon Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs.”
He added: “As the NRM/M7 Junta “royals” revel in the Covid19 bonanza, Ugandans face a terrible health and economic crisis; school children and students under lockdown since March 2020 have uncertain future; most teachers haven’t been paid since lockdown; small businesses have been decimated.”
In response, Lt Gen Kainerugaba, who advises his 76-year-old father Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni on special operations, reminded Besigye of his visit to the Museveni home in Sweden, wondering if he thinks that might have been his initiation into royalty.
The first son also told his father’s fiercest critic for two decades that he reveres him as an older but attacking his wife was extending the handshake beyond the elbow.
“Colonel Besigye, were you a ‘Royal’ when you came with Mzee Museveni in 1985 to our home in Sweden? You are one of our elders, and we respect you as an elder,” Kainerugaba responded to Besigye.
“If you want to attack me, I’m right here. Leave my wife alone.”
Now Besigye has told Kainerugaba he will keep criticism the first family’s ills.
Besigye further reminded Kainerugaba that his father and other freedom fighters had fought for a cause which the long-serving president has veered from. “I am now attacking NRM/M7 Junta CORRUPTION, PATRONAGE, NEPOTISM & a “PRESIDENTIAL MONARCHY” that hurts me & all Ugandans.”