An ex-soldier who pelted President Yoweri Museveni with rotten eggs during a state visit to Sweden in 1995 says his intention was to highlight the plight of Ugandan exiles.
Hajji Yusuf Wamboga, a former Lieutenant in the Uganda National Liberation Army was arrested by the Swiss police for hauling a missile at President Yoweri Museveni after the attack on the president and later deported to Uganda.
Twelve years later, Lt Wamboga a resident of Busiu Sub County in Mbale district reminisces the moments leading to the famous incident. Wamboga says on the 3rd May 1995 he and a group of exiled Ugandans in Sweden under the umbrella of African Civil Rights Movement, decided to stage a demonstration against President Museveni's visit.
Wamboga says the demonstration was to portray Museveni as a despot and their desire to return home. He says to make the demonstration attract international attention; they agreed that during the meeting with the President he would throw rotten eggs at him as a form of protest at his government.
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Following the incident, Wamboga was arrested by the Swiss police but was released later after it was discovered that he had not used a harmful weapon during the protest.
Wamboga who is currently a strong National Resistance Movement mobilizer in Mbale says he has no regrets for the incident.
Wamboga a former intelligence army officer had fled into exile in 1987, shortly after the National Resistance Movement Government took over power. He was back to Uganda in 1997.