President Yoweri Museveni has scoffed at his political opponent in the 2016 presidential race, calling them opportunists, who do not have political clout to lead the country.
Speaking at a news conference at State House Entebbe today, Museveni says the election is not a tight race as claimed by some political quarters.
Museveni, who is contesting on the National Resistance Movement party ticket, faces seven candidates, among which, are his major rivals Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change and former premier Amama Mbabazi.
Singling out Mbabazi, who was the NRM Secretary General and his close alley for four decades, Museveni noted that his message of the â€œGo Forward,â€ movement was initiated by the NRM government and there is nothing new to offer.
Museveni, who has ruled for 30 years now, says his party has been going forward from way back during the bush war days and has been changing direction, â€œgoing forward.â€
He accuses Mbabazi of having divided the NRM party by spreading propaganda within members that he was grooming his son, Lt General Kainerugaba Muhoozi for the presidency.
//Cue In: There will be no tight raceâ€¦
Cue Out:â€¦they have no message// On Besigye, Museveni accused him of deserting the party at a time when the country was struggling to rise from the ruins of civil war.
//Cue In: Besigye deserted usâ€¦
Cue Out:â€¦what are you saying now?//
He further wondered how Ugandans would want to entrust their vote with former Makerere University Vice Chancellor, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba whom he accuses of having failed to manage the institution.
//Cue In: Baryamureebaâ€¦.
Cue Out:â€¦what will they say?//
Museveni made the remarks a day after he was nominated to contest for the presidential race in 2016. Mbabazi was also nominated yesterday, while Besigye\'s nomination was given a nod by the Electoral Commission today.
Museveni says the introduction of biometric systems by the Electoral Commission to verify voters\' identities will eliminate any forms of rigging in next year\'s election.