The former commander of the engineering Brigade of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Rtd. Gen. Sabiiti Timothy Mutebile has said he will not fight in Parliament or ‘just play football’ if elected in 2021.
Gen. Mutebile, the younger brother of Central Bank governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, retired in late July and is poised to run for the Kabale Municipality Parliamentary seat currently occupied by Andrew Aja Baryayanga.
“I will not waste your vote fighting and throwing chairs in Parliament. I will also not go to Parliament to play football. I will represent you. I will mean business for you,” Gen. Mutebile said on Tuesday at Northern Division headquarters at the function of the state of division address.
The army general accuses Baryayanga of being an opposition politician who ‘cannot get anything for the municipality from government’ unless he supports the ruling party, National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Baryayanga is one of the 97 Members of Parliament who voted against the amendment of the Constitution that saw scrapping of Article 102(b).
The scrapped article meant that President Museveni will now contest for presidency even if he’s above 75 years of age.
Baryayanga is also among other opposition legislators who exchanged blows in parliament over the same matter.
According to Gen. Mutebile, Kabale municipality can only develop when it has a representative leaning to the ruling party.
He boosts of having structured the engineering brigade of the national army.
According to Sabiiti, he started the engineering brigade in the 1986 with only 12 soldiers but he retired in 2019 with more than 2500 soldier /engineers.