Kenya’s Kalonzo: Uganda Must Uphold Political Freedom

Kalonzo speaking on the sidelines of the UTAMU graduation ceremony (Photo: Nixon Segawa/ChimpReports)

Former Kenyan Vice President and Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) Chancellor, pills Dr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has appealed to the government of Uganda to uphold political freedom in the country ahead of its 54th independence celebrations.

Uganda’s independence celebrations this year will be held next week on October 9 at Luuka district headquarters to commemorate 54 years since Uganda got self-determination from the British colonial masters.

The event will be running under the theme: “Protection of our Independence through Promotion of Patriotism, patient Unity and Hard Work”.

Kalonzo, who spoke to ChimpReports on the sidelines of UTAMU’s 2nd graduation ceremony at Silver Springs in Bugolobi Kampala, said Uganda should focus on building sustainable democracy and lasting peace within the country and the region at large.

“I wish my brothers and sisters in Uganda well as they celebrate freedom from colonial domination but that freedom must also translate to basic freedoms to all Ugandans,” said Kalonzo.

“These include; political freedoms, economic freedoms and the fact that Uganda is the Pearl of Africa, should be able to set the example in terms of governance and democracy.”

The controversial Kenyan politician has never forgiven President Museveni for siding with President Uhuru Kenyatta against the opposition in the last election in Kenya.

Kalonzo heads the Wiper Party which is affiliated to the opposition framework, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

He is likely to contest for president in the upcoming general elections.

“There are those challenges and contradictions but must be continually addressed by all of us not only Uganda but by all East Africans,” said Kalonzo.

The celebrations will be the first since President Yoweri Museveni and his NRM party was given a new mandate by the electorate to lead the country till 2021.


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