June 21, 2015

Mbabazi is not My Mentor— Tumwebaze

Presidency and Kampala City Council Authority Minister Frank Tumwebaze has again lashed at defiant 2016 presidential aspirant John Patrick Amama Mbabazi that he is not his mentor.

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While commenting on the picture that has been making rounds on social media, Tumwebaze said that; “Apparently there is a photo of myself, Hon Amama Mbabazi, his wife and my family being wired around trying to insinuate that Hon Amama Mbabazi, was my mentor and now am against.”

“I surely know who my mentors are and will speak about them at another occasion one day.”

Ever since Mbabazi declared his 2016 presidential bid, Frank Tumwebaze has been commenting on all statements that have been made by the former.

Below is Tumwebaze’s full statement   

Apparently there is a photo of myself, Hon Amaama Mbabazi, his wife and my family being wired around trying to insinuate that Hon Amama Mbabazi was my mentor and now am against him.

All that is false and cheap propaganda. First of all, even if Hon Amama Mbabazi had mentored me, disagreeing with him on principle is no problem.

If that was to be the case, then himself wouldn’t be disagreeing with his chief mentor President Museveni. While I salute Hon Mbabazi as a senior comrade of NRM, I can never fail to challenge his views especially those that contradict the tenets of our political beliefs and on which we disagree.

Below however, is a brief story about the photo being circulated.

The said photo is a new vision file photo taken in 2012. It was taken when Hon Mbabazi and his wife came to officiate at my ministerial swearing in dinner organized for me by friends at Protea hotel in November 2012 to congratulate me upon a ministerial appointment and eventual swearing in.

My family too was there and we took many photos with many other guests and friends. New vision carried that photo in its pictorial with many other photos of other guests, the following day after the dinner.

 Mbabazi was invited then in his capacity as PM and SG of NRM and not as my mentor.

I surely know who my mentors are and will speak about them at another occasion one day. So let no story be cooked out of that”

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