FORMER second deputy prime minister and public service minister Henry Kajura is still very vibrant, energetic and popular among his constituents, he said yesterday.
Kajura, 71, one of the 69-nominees for ministerial posting, said it was wrong for anybody to suggest that he could not serve well given his age.
â€œI am still vibrant and work normal hours, even longer than young people,â€ Kajura said on phone.
â€œWhat matters is output... My master has recognised my contribution and re-appointed me.â€
Kajura was reacting to attacks levelled against him by Hoima district chairman George Bagonza who described him as a â€œcenturionâ€.
Bagonza, purportedly on behalf of the Banyoro, criticised President Museveni for re-appointing Kajura, â€œa re-cycled material.â€
Asked how he felt being described as a centurion, Kajura said, â€œI am only 71 years. Whatâ€™s better; having a man of 20 years who cannot deliver or an 80-year-old man who can?â€
Kajura watered down talk that the reason he lost a re-election as Bugahya MP was because voters rejected him during the NRM-party primaries.
â€œThey (voters) didnâ€™t reject me. I won the primaries in Hoima and things were changed in Kampala,â€ he said, adding that Bagonza was expressing his opinion, not the Banyoroâ€™s.
Hoima NRM branch executive has threatened to drag Bagonza to the ruling political partyâ€™s disciplinary committee for challenging the decision of the party chairman and President, report Fred Kayizzi and Amlan Tumusiime.
In a hastily-called press conference at the Hoima district NRM office, the officials said Bagonza needed to substantiate his utterances.
The branch general secretary, David Maxwell Kaboyo, said Bagonzaâ€™s remarks were out of sheer â€œhatred and jealousy.â€
â€œBagonza bears ill-will against Kajura.
â€œThere are people who feel bad when others are excelling. Kajura has done a lot of things for Hoima district and many right-thinking Banyoro are very happy he is a minister (again),â€ Kaboyo said.
The NRM district publicist, Tom Muhe Bigabwenkya, said Bagonza had no powers to question the Presidentâ€™s constitutional discretion.
â€œAs a member of NRM, Bagonza has erred to oppose the Presidentâ€™s appointment,â€ Muhe said. Museveni is also NRM chairman.
â€œThis is indiscipline and he should face our disciplinary committee,â€ Muhe said.
NRM and Kajura supporters said they were neither bothered nor distracted by Bagonzaâ€™s attempt to â€œmalign our man.â€ Contrary to his claim of melancholy among Banyoro, residents are in party mood waiting for a grand fete that will cap Kajuraâ€™s swearing in as minister.
Former Hoima town council Speaker Francis Kasoro, disclosed that sh20m has been set aside to celebrate and thank Museveni for re-appointing Kajura. Kasoro.
Hoima FM stations have since Kajuraâ€™s nomination for ministerial appointment been bombarded with congratulatory messages from especially sub-county chairpersons and Movement leaders, showing solidarity.
I am still strong - Kajura