As Uganda heads to the polls come 14th January 2021, the battle for the commander in chief leaves mixed reactions in different Uganda People’s Defense force-UPDF camps.
With some other high ranking military officers like Brig. Deus Sande who have vowed never to handover power to Bobi Wine incase he becomes President, to Brig Kulayigye its a different story.
Brig Felix Kulayigye has revealed that he is ready to salute Presidential hopeful and National Unity Platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi if he becomes head of state after 2021 elections.
According to the former army spokesperson, although he disagrees with Bobi Wine, if he becomes President, he will salute him.
“A head of state is a head of state whether you agree with him or not. I have talked to Kyagulanyi and told him there are things I don’t agree with with him. But if he is the head of state, I will salute him,” Kulayigye said.
Brig-Gen Kulayigye is the first top-ranking serving military officer to openly admit that he can serve under Bobi Wine incase he becomes President.
However, officers like Brig. Sande the commandant of the UPDF’s Armoured Warfare Training School, Masaka Armoured Brigade have already vowed that they are not ready to hand over power to people like Bobi Wine.
“As long as we are still here, we are not ready to give out power to ideologically bankrupt people. We cannot give away Ugandans. We cannot spoil what we struggled for many years ago. We are not ready. Do you think we are planning a handover? No. We are planning for consolidation of what we struggled for. It is up to the young generation to decide where they want to take Uganda but they should know that the Uganda they live in is not what it was many years ago. Uganda should not go the Somali way,” Sande said recently.
This week the Minister for East African Affairs Gen Kahinda Otafiire argued Bobi Wine to continue “singing and dancing” since he (Otafiire) did not fight in the bush (1980-86) for a musician to lead him.
“I like Kyagulanyi’s songs, but Kyagulanyi can’t lead me. I did not fight in Luweero for Kyagulanyi to lead me. We went to Luweero and fought, then now you tell me to be ruled by Kyagulanyi! No! Can he take us anywhere?” Otafiire wondered
Recent opinion polls states Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu as the closest candidate to beat Me Museveni in the coming elections.