By Max Patrick Ocaido
The Senior Presidential Advisor on the media relations, John Nagenda thinks that Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine needs a whopping two decades to mature enough to run for president.
While appearing on NBS Television’s Morning Breeze programme on Monday, the soft-spoken columnist said that whereas Bobi Wine is a good singer, the artist turned politician is not good enough to run the affairs of this country as president.
“Mugisha Muntu was a reasonable leader of the army and he is well spoken but I would not expect him to make a good leader. Dr. Kizza Besigye has stood four times, losing very easily every time and bleating that he was cheated. I believe Bobi Wine is a good singer but to become president maybe in 20 years if he starts now,” Nagenda said.
Nagenda,80, added that it would be a huge miracle if Bobi Wine and his ‘youth power’ influence triumph over President Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM) which is still indomitable in the rural areas which constitute a bigger percentage of the country’s voting population.
“Any person who thinks that Bobi Wine could run a country must be mad,” Nagenda said.
The controversial presidential advisor also added that it is long overdue that the ruling NRM party appoints a successor.
“I have a nightmare [God forbid] that if our leader who has been a fantastic leader in Uganda, is called to the next life and he left us in the state where we do not know who is going to take over then it would have negated a lot of good work done,” he said.
“We have discussed this matter with my boss [President Museveni] and... I am getting to a point where I am getting tired of the subject [training a successor] but I won't stop.”
Subsequently, Nagenda tipped current Vice President Edward Sekandi as a perfect successor for President Museveni.
“I would not mind Edward Sekandi taking power for five years because he would listen to Museveni. He is a Muganda, a Catholic and he will have brought a new face to the presidency. I think he would do a good job,” Nagenda said.
Nagenda further believes that whoever will replace President Museveni “without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, will be from the NRM.”