First lady Janet Kataha Museveni has responded to speculations about her presidential run come 2021 saying she will wait for the lord to tell her what to do.
Janet made the revelations this evening in an exclusive interview with NTV reporter Sheila Nduhukire.
She said that she doesn’t regret being in politics because she in service to God.
“I never thought I would find myself in politics. I used to thank God for that because I believed I wasn’t cut out for it but here I am,” said the First Lady.
Janet joined her husband on the political arena after contesting for Ruhama County, in Ntungama district in 2006 and served for 2 terms.
She was then appointed Minister for Karamoja Affairs.
However, the 69 year old politician didn’t seek a re-election in 2016 but rather serves as Education Minister.
She said that as leaders explaining much to the public is unnecessary, “we do what we can, say what we ought to say and leave it at that.”
Asked whether the First Family is not driven by selfishness instead of committing to serving the nation first, the soft spoken minister said, “Our family has been misunderstood for many things. We have served with dedication and sincerity. We don’t think about ourselves first.”
In 2013, the country was awash with reports that the first family is grooming its son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba to take over from his father. This came after a leaked letter to the media by Gen David Sejusa, the coordinator of military intelligence (then) who alleged that there was ploy to assassinate government officials opposed to Muhoozi project.
President Museveni on many occasions has explained that Muhoozi who is military officer will go through a normal procedure (retiring from the force) if he has presidential ambitions.
For Muhoozi he consistently says he is not interested in presidency –currently- as he focuses on the military.
His mother when asked about the alleged ‘Muhoozi project’ she had this to say, “A mother doesn’t speak for a man. You can speak to Muhoozi himself. I cannot speak for him.”
Pressed on whether she has interests for the highest office in the land, Janet said, “I will wait on the Lord when what he tells me is what I will do. I have trained myself to wait and listen to the Lord. Save that for when we get to that period.”
Her elusive way of replying questions has already sparked anxiety among members of the public with many suggesting she could replace her hubby in the next election.
Opposition leaders and other disgruntled army officers who fell out with the regime continue to accuse the first family of creating a ‘monarchy’ where son replaces father as a leader.
But the President challenges these sentiments saying democracy is people power and its people who elect him into office.