General Kahinda Otafiire, the member of Parliament for
Ruhinda County who bounced back in the 11th Parliament after
suffering defeat in the 10th Parliament has taken oath.
Otafiire who emerged victorious in the newly created
constituency says that he will use his experience for the last 35 years to
improve the quality of life for the people in Uganda and for the glory, dignity and the liberation of the African people.
In an interview with journalists, he said his mission in the
11th Parliament transcends constitutional aspirations. He says he
will serve his constituents, but also added that he has a greater calling to serve Africa.
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However, all turned around when two journalists asked Otafiire
when he will retire before a question was also asked on the transition from
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
When journalists asked Otafiire when he will retire, he fired back asking the journalists when
they will also retire. Otafiire questioned why he should retire if his people are
still voting for him.
Otafiire went ahead to say that when someone is your dad, he
does not stop being your dad.
He says he is focused on serving the people of Africa and
yet journalists are asking him about retirement. He made it clear that Africa has not yet been
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Otafiire was also asked what new things he will bring to
Parliament after being in Parliament for a long time. He questioned what the
journalists actually mean saying he has been here for a long time.
He says he will ensure Africa is well and that is how Uganda
will also be okay. He says he didn’t come to Parliament because he was looking
for votes, but he came in as a freedom fighter.
When asked about transition from President Museveni to
another President and if these discussions were being held in the Party,
Otafiire questioned if the journalist wished President Museveni dead.
He says no non-member of NRM deserves to know if NRM is talking about it. He says it is
only NRM which decides.
Journalists also challenged him saying NRM represents
Ugandans, but Otafiire said it is NRM business.