President Museveni has said people carrying the title “doctor” should not be politicians because they can turn out to be lethal.
Speaking after a presentation made by South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister Benjamin Marial Barnaba at the Northern Corridor Integration Project Summit in Kampala last week, Mr Museveni said politics is a wrong arena for doctors.
“You can see why you should not allow doctors to become politicians. They become very dangerous,” Mr Museveni said, drawing laughter from the participants.
Mr Barnaba presented a detailed chronology of the fall out between South Sudan president Salva Kiir and his former Vice President Dr Riek Machar and the events that led to the raging war in South Sudan.
According to Mr Barnaba, former VP Riek Machar attempted to overthrow president Kiir’s government in December last year.
When the coup was neutralised, Dr Machar retreated to the bushes, where he is commanding a rebel outfit, South Sudan Resistance Army.
It is then that President Mr Museveni aired his misgivings about doctors getting involved in politics.
One of President Museveni’s key challengers in the last one and half decades is Dr Kizza Besigye, who retired from the army at the rank of colonel.
Dr Besigye, who has contested in 2001, 2006 and 2011 presidential elections was once President Museveni’s personal doctor during the bush war days.