The Vice-President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, has lashed out at people in Bukoto Central constituency who have failed to realise his importance in the country and continued to fight against him.
Ssekandi said such people were playing cheap politics. He explained that when the Government started setting up electricity poles in the constituency, the critics said the project would end after elections, but the work is still moving on.
Ssekandi made the remarks on Friday at Kyesiga trading centre during the swearing-in ceremony of the chairperson and councillors for the newly-created Kyesiga sub-county.
Kyesiga was curved out of Kyannamukaaka in Masaka district. The Vice-President called on his opponents to join him, saying failing to realise his importance would not help them.
â€œWhen I went to parliament, I chaired two committees for two years before I became the Deputy Speaker for three years, and later Speaker for 10 years. My bosses then realised that I had the potential and made me the Vice-President,â€ said Ssekandi.
He advised his opponentsâ€™ supporters to join him if they wanted to share the happiness of winning an election since he has always won or else they would continue feeling the pain of being on the losing side.
â€œI request all of you to support me as I have always been there for you. Why should you support someone who has never been popular?â€ Ssekandi asked.
The residents and voters in Bukoto Central, headed by Masaka NRM chairperson Peter Senkungu asked Ssekandi to contest for another term in parliament come 2016.
They said it would be absurd for Ssekandi to stop at the current term of office when he had been entrusted by the President to take up the second top most office in the country.
â€œAll former Vice-Presidents were in office for over five years. If you stop at this term as MP, it means that youâ€™ll not be Vice-President for over five years,â€ Senkungu said.
He stressed the need for the people of Bukoto Central to support Ssekandi, saying him being the Vice-President was for their benefit.
Ssekandi blasts opponents, calls for unity