According to an interview run by the Standard, Wetangula was asked if it was true they had been approached with this offer by the Jubilee and Ugandan Government.
He was asked:
Q: There is talk that soon after the last election the Uganda government through President Yoweri Museveni and Foreign minister Sam Kuteesa tried to persuade you to leave CORD and join Jubilee coalition where you had been promised to head the Foreign ministry, but you declined. What was your reason?
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Wetangula: He (Kuteesa) did approach me (in Kampala), but I declined. I don’t know whether the intended communication was confidential. I don’t know whether I will be breaching that confidentiality, because the conversation was not supposed to be discussed outside our meeting.
Ugandan strongman Yoweri Museveni is said to be pushing for the deal since he doesn’t want to go to either a Luhya or Luo. It is said he fears that Luhya or Luo presidency would in turn influence the political course in his country where he is accused of trying to transfer power to his son, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Luos and Luhyas have strong presence in Uganda, quoting the Standard.
It is said that Wetangula has met the Ugandan President on more on one occasion to discuss the same issue. He however declined to comment on that issue.
He went on to say that the many wrangles in the President vehicle, CORD is assured of a easy victory and he is not planning to ditch party.