Ssemwogerere Asks Museveni to Retire as Nsubuga is Laid to Rest Top story

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The Lwengo LC V Chairperson, George Mutabaazi said the district has resolved to name the 45km Kyamaganda road after Nsubuga. Kyamaganda road leads to the late Nsubugas Manja country home.

Dr. Paul Kawanga Ssemwogerere, the former President of Democratic Party-DP has tasked the vice president, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and NRM Secretary General, Justine Kalule to use their proximity with President Yoweri Museveni to ask him to retire peacefully.

He was speaking at the burial of the late Mathias Nsubuga, the former Bukoto South Member of parliament and DP secretary General at Manja village in Kisekka Sub County in Lwengo district this afternoon.  Nsubuga succumbed to a massive stroke at Case Clinic on Sunday where he was rushed after collapsing at Mukono bookshop

 He had made a stopover at the bookshop to buy a present for Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala who was celebrating his 90th birthday. Nsubuga was accorded the three gun salute before his body was lowered into the grave. While addressing the mourners, Ssemwogerere noted that the late Nsubuga spent his entire life fighting for the peaceful transfer of power, which didn't occur until his death.

He asked those who believe in the virtues and values of the late Nsubuga to caution Museveni against the dangers of clinging to power and persuade him to hand over peacefully. Speaking at the same burial, Norbert Mao, the DP president, noted that the death of Nsubuga has left a huge gap that can't easily be filled.  Mao said DP will mourn Nsubuga's death for a year and advised those talking about his replacement to shut up.
He also dismissed accusations leveled against the late Nsubuga that he surrendered DP to Amama Mbabazi during the February polls, saying it was a party decision to support the former premier's presidential bid. Mao explained that although Mbabazi performed dismally in the general elections as The Democratic Alliance - TDA presidential candidate, he shouldn't be blamed as an individual.

The Lwengo LC V Chairperson, George Mutabaazi said the district has resolved to name the 45km Kyamaganda road after Nsubuga. Kyamaganda road leads to the late Nsubuga's Manja country home.

Muutabaazi noted that Nsubuga was one of the people that persuaded Museveni to create Lwengo district, adding that all the district can do to reward him, is to name Kyamaganda road after him. However, the burial didn't go without any incident as a group of women hauled insult at Florence Nakiwala, the State Minister for Children's Affairs accusing him of being a traitor. 

They said Nakiwala let down DP when he accepted to take over a ministerial appointment in the NRM party led government. Other also abused the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago for running away with Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC Presidential candidate. 

Both Nakiwala Kiyingi and Erias Lukwago couldn't be reached for a comment. Some of the prominent figures who attended the burial included the Katikiro, Charles Peter Mayiga, former Premier, Amama Mbabazi and former UPC President, Olara Otunnu.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.