Politicians in Bitter Exchange Over Nsubuga's Legacy

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Winnie Kizza, the Leader of the Opposition disclosed how the Late Nsubuga was disappointed when the decisions made in a recent meeting with President Museveni at State House were not respected.

Opposition politicians expressed anger towards the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party this afternoon during the requiem mass for the late Mathias Nsubuga, the former Bukoto South Member of parliament held at Rubaga Cathedral early today.

The mass was conducted jointly by Kampala Archbishop, Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala. During the mass, City Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, acknowledged President, Yoweri Museveni's description of the Late Nsubuga as a tolerant politician who loved dialogue.


Lukwago noted that he was still reflecting on the president's remarks and wondered whether he was reciprocating the good gesture from people like the late Nsubuga. .
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Lukwago said the country needs dialogue that will restore the sovereignty of the people, usher in a genuine democracy, a functional multi-party democracy and above all respect the will of people and usher in a dully elected government. He said there are values the late Nsubuga espoused and the challenges he has left behind.

Lukwago's comment didn't go down well with the NRM party Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba. He asked the opposition to give Nsubuga a descent sendoff instead of engaging in political gymnastics.
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Lumumba also noted that the Late Nsubuga was a patriot, nationalist and cherished dialogue as a way of resolving political differences with his political opponents.
He explained that Nsubuga didn't believe in defiance as a means of resolving conflicts, adding that he was very candid, forthright and tolerant- a trait she said is increasingly becoming rare in Uganda.
However, the DP President, Norbert Mao couldn't allow Lumumba's claims to go unchallenged.  "It is not true that Mathias Nsubuga comfortable as may have been suggested by sway of innuendo in a previous speech. Mathias Nsubuga was not comfortable with the status quo, let nobody suggest anything like that, he wanted change in Uganda", said Mao.  

Mao said that the Late Nsubuga may have preferred a different approach but that did not mean he differed from the goal of majority of Ugandans.

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Winnie Kizza, the Leader of the Opposition disclosed how the Late Nsubuga was disappointed when the decisions made in a recent meeting with President Museveni at State House were not respected.
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Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate said for dialogue to happen, political parties must agree on a mediator that they all believe in, the agenda and also get the guarantees that whatever is agreed upon will be implemented.

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The late Mathias Nsubuga was born on November 26th, 1956 to Vitali Wasswa and Matilda Mmeeme in Manja Village, Kisekka Sub-County in Bukoto County that was formerly in Masaka district.

Currently, Bukoto County is found Lwengo district, which was curved from Masaka. He is survived by a widow - Jennifer Nsubuga with whom they have eight children. Nsubuga is to be laid to rest on Thursday at 2:00pm in Lwengo.


About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.