Rugunda: Mathias Nsubuga Fought Amin’s Dictatorship

Nsubuga's body on the floor of parliament on Tuesday. (Photo by: Nixon Segawa)

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has extolled fallen opposition Democratic Party (DP) Secretary General, healing Mathias Nsubuga as “a political activist who championed democracy and challenged the dictatorship of Idi Amin.”

Rugunda was Tuesday speaking during a special parliamentary session organised to pay tribute the late Hon Nsubuga who served as the Bukoto South Member of Parliament from 2006 to 2016.

“After the 1980 elections, Hon. Nsubuga ran into exile in Nairobi where he joined the forces that were fighting the Milton Obote government. It is therefore not a surprise that when the National Resistance Movement took over government in 1986, Hon.Nsubuga and the DP leadership worked closely with NRM,” said Rugunda.

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He hailed the deceased for the regular and constructive contributions in the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) to which DP is a signatory.

“Early this year Hon Nsubuga led a delegation of IPOD to meet President Museveni, the NRM Chairman. In that meeting, political parties agreed to work closely together to resolve national issues through dialogue and consensus,” he said.

“He looked at Uganda as a whole and worked for a peaceful and united country. He was vibrant and passionate in his contributions in Parliament. And above all, he has been a friend to many.”

Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga noted, “It’s so sad that we have lost our very own, in a space of two months, we have now lost two of our members.

“Nsubuga has been my friend, my father was a DP chairman and we got to know each other before we even met at Parliament. Although he was a member of the opposition, he was not confrontational and he always wanted to discuss issues so as to come up with a solution,” Kadaga said.

The Government Chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa observed that Nsubuga has been a person who has been interactive with a lot of people who has not been discriminative.

“We worked with him together, am in NRM and he is in opposition but he has not been putting that at the front,” Nankabirwa noted.

“We worked together in the house and also on issues of Buganda and whenever he had functions at home, the late would always give me a call inviting me in a special way.

The Leader of Opposition (LOP) Winnie Kiiza called upon all members to further the cause for Electoral Reforms a campaign that Nsubuga has been advocating for prior to his death.


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