President Museveni has said he did not sack Amama Mbabazi but only appointed a new prime minister.
Speaking in an interview on BBCAfrica on Wednesday the President said: “Who told you that I sacked Mbabazi? I only appointed a new prime minister.”
President Museveni on September 18 dropped Mbabazi, is meeting groups of people including potential investors, who he wants to come and invest in Uganda.
The sacking has polarised the party with Mbabazi allegedly forced to take leave from party activities by a meeting of NRM’s Central Executive Committee.
Mbabazi on Monday wrote a letter to the party chairman, Mr Museveni informing him that he would, beginning October 20 take leave of the office of secretary general up to December 31.
Asked whether he was grooming his son, Brig Muhoozi Keinerugaba for the presidency, Mr Museveni said Uganda was not a monarchy to promote family rule.
“That’s an insult to me, why should I groom my son? This is not a monarchy,” the President said.
Brig Muhoozi heads the elite Special Forces Group which provides security to the President and key government installations, including oil wells.
However, critics including exiled Gen David Sejusa, another ally have in the past accused Mr Museveni of fast-rucking his son through the army as a way of propelling him for the presidency.
Asked whether he would seek another term in office President Museveni, in power for 28 years told BBCAfrica that his country [Ugandans] needed him thus his party would decide on the matter.
“That’s for the party to decide. It’s what my party wants and what the country needs,” he said.
On involving his wife Janet [Museveni] into Uganda’s politics the President said: “My wife, against my advice joined politics and was elected that is what you call democracy, including disobeying husbands.”
Janet Museveni is the Ruhama County MP and the minister for Karamoja Affairs.