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Behind Museveni, Nebanda Family Reconciliation

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Matters worsened when a government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali was chased by angry mourners at the MP’s burial in Butaleja, a huge embarrassment to NRM.

During the NRM Conference in Butaleja on February 1, Museveni said he had forgiven Nebanda’s family after it apologized to him for attributing the MP’s demise to government.

“When the leaders (Butaleja) came to Rwakitura and apologized and the family apologised, I have forgotten the anger because I was very angry,” said Museveni.

He added: “So I have forgotten about it. We, now, must get an NRM candidate to go and represent Cerinah and represent all of you.”-

Museveni was referring to a January 23 meeting at his country home in Rwakitura, Rushere district.

According to State House officials, the special meeting was attended by Minister without portfolio, Hon. Richard Todwong, the Deputy Secretary General of NRM, Dorothy Hyuha, the NRM Elections Commissioner, Professor Elijah Mushemeza, and Butaleja RDC, Martha Asiimwe.

During the Conference, Museveni said he was “glad that the NRM leaders eventually got united around my granddaughter Florence Nebanda.”

“She is here and I have seen her before. I also thank the former candidates for rallying behind her,” the President heaped praises on the youthful candidate ahead of the February 11 polls.

The reconciliation confirms Museveni’s outstanding political skills in converting political problems for his party’s benefit.

The President told Butaleja residents that “those who came and talked rubbish” about MP Nebanda’s death are enemies of Uganda.

“And they are people who don’t know the NRM well. We could have killed Obote, killed Amin. But I said no. I actually saved Oyite Ojok. Our soldiers had wanted to kill him, I said no, you cannot kill him in cold blood,” said Museveni, denying his government’s role in Nebanda’s death.

“If you want to fight, you first warn somebody that I am going to fight you. We warned UPC, that if you don’t stop this, we are going to fight you. And we went and fought the war but not these cowardly things of killing civilians.”

The prime suspect in Nebanda’s death, Suleiman Kalungi is on trial at Makindye Court.

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