Ssekikubo to stand for the presidency
Posted Saturday, February 2 2013 at 02:00
Declaration. The Lwemiyaga MP says he wants to fight corruption by assuming the highest office in the country.
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo has said he will stand for the presidency to continue with his fight against corruption and promote peace in the country.
Speaking at Lwemiyaga Secondary School Playground on Thursday at the NRM 27th anniversary, Mr Ssekikubo said he is an eligible candidate for the country’s top job with better prospects having participated in politics and governance of the country.
He said the people of Lwemiyaga are looking forward to seeing a corruption-free and a peaceful Uganda.
“I am not under any body’s instructions or guidance. I will serve my country in whatever capacity and serve my people,’’ Mr Ssekikubo said.
Mr Ssekikubo accused some NRM officials of labelling some MPs ‘rebels’ for discussing weakness in government and exposing officials who mismanage public resources.
“I am in NRM by conviction not by conscription and I am a law abiding person who loves NRM,’’ he said.
“Those who think they can use personal interests to dismiss me are just wasting their time,” the MP said in reference to threats by the ruling NRM party that members who go against party positions could face disciplinary action .
He accused a group of his party officials of reporting him to President Museveni and labelling him a ‘rebel’ in the NRM.
“Lwemiyaga County is known in Parliament as a breeding ground for outspoken people. It is known oversees and even US president Obama knows it,’’ he said, adding that his constituency will be in control of State House.
Lwemiyaga County residents have welcomed Mr Ssekikubo’s declaration, saying if he stands for the presidency, come 2016 general elections, they will support.
“President Museveni is getting old but Mr Ssekikubo is an energetic young man who can fight for the needs of impoverished people who are denied access to developmental government projects,’’ said the NRM chairman for Lwemiyaga County, Mr Ibrahim Batuma.