The former Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, has asked the country leaders to remain principled and united regardless of the political affiliations if they are to build national unity.
Amama was speaking in Kabale municipality at the burial of his elder, Paul Bakebwa, 81, over the weekend.
“Promote unity and keep trusted if we are to have strong communities for national development. Though I parted with President Museveni on politics, our childhood friendship shall remain forever.
Even if Dr Ruhakana Rugunda joined a rebel group to fight me, I will look for him and remind him about our childhood memories as we studied together at Rwere Church School where we began our education,” said Mr Mbabazi at Kijuguta Church of Uganda in Kijuguta Village, Burambira Parish.
Bakebwa succumbed to diabetes and high blood pressure at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala.
“The fact that my elder brother Mr Paul Bakebwa remained serving the UPC party even after his retirement from public service in 1977 and I being NRM for those many years, we kept united at family level,” Mr Mbabazi added.
He added: “Bakebwa was an exemplary leader who was tolerant and never corrupt. Despite the love for his political party, he loved the unity of the family members. President Museveni used to call me a UPC man though I never had their party card because my elder brother was a strong UPC member .”
Mr Mbabazi’s remarks come days after Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu resigned from opposition Forum for Democratic Change party and announced plans to form his own party.