“Seek God First,” Museveni Counsels Youths

Sam Arinaitwe and Doreen Kwikiriza tied the knot over the weekend

Former Prime Minister of Uganda Hon John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, click in the past one and a half decades prior to the 1986 advent of the current NRM regime, made a number of sacrifices that saw him among others turn momentarily into Islam.

A staunch Protestant from Kanungu, Mbabazi, who recently embarked on chronicling some of his recollections from childhood to the peak of his political career, says he was at one point forced to take up a Muslim name Ahmed, to conceal himself and his wife Jacqueline from the Amin Intelligence officers.

This was back in 1994 when he was compelled to cut short his Law course at Makerere University thanks to the fast deteriorating political conditions at the campus.

“It was impossible to not notice Amin’s state operatives at every corner. At social events, the students loved to talk about Pan-Africanism and a transformed Africa, but I learned not to say much in order to determine whom I could trust,” he says.

Earlier in 1972 when Mbabazi joined Makerere, the national army had just defeated the splinter Kikosi Malum and FRONASA guerrilla groups, which forced leader Yoweri Museveni to give up his armed struggle.

Mbabazi, a vibrant FRONASA mobilizer however, did not lose heart and he continued to spread politics of resistance against the Idi Amin regime using the Makerere Guild platform where he was a member on the GRC.

He also recalls campaigning for now outgoing UPC President Dr Olara Otunnu to become its president, who was later to flee the country due to state harassment.

“The next year (1973), I competed for the Guild Presidency but members took a collective decision to shut the guild down in protest at the prevailing political conditions which were fast deteriorating,” he says.

Amama Mbabazi in the 1970s

Amama Mbabazi in the 1970s

“Teachers and students were leaving campus; some were even abducted and never seen again. Together with a few other students who were also members of FRONASA, I decided to focus all my energies on taking down the regime.”

It was at this point the Mbabazi left Makerere and moved to Kitante with his new wife Jacqueline in 1974.

He recounts that the State soon received reports of an “enemy” living in that area but were unable to locate him as at this time he had taken up a new persona as, Ahmed Mbayo.”

It was Mbabazi stealth mobilization activities that later encouraged Museveni to re-organize and revive the FRONASA into a more effective guerrilla force, setting up cells in many parts of Uganda.

While Museveni and other FRONASA leaders were in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Lusaka, Mbabazi remained behind in Uganda, running almost single-handedly the secret FRONASA activities.

Later when he went to Nairobi, Mbabazi created an intelligence network for the NRM and at the same time coordinated the settlement of NRM families in exile, finding them homes and schools for their children.

He also coordinated the NRM’s contact with foreign governments and is the man who created the structures of what is now known as the NRA/NRM.

While handing over instruments of power as Prime Minister late last year, Mr Mbabazi recalled how he once helped conceal his successor Dr Ruhakana Rugunda’s by shaving off his thicket-like beard.

With all his abundant wealth of organization and intelligence skills, it was no surprise that in January 1986, when the NRM came to power,  Mr Mbabazi  was named the first director-general of the new foreign intelligence agency [ESO].


President Yoweri Museveni has praised the church in Uganda for standing up against ‘immoral and incorrect’ behavior such as promiscuity and homosexuality.

This, ailment Museveni said has provided a strong foundation for the family and helped households and society to prosper. He also urged the youths to put God at the Centre of their marriages.

“I appeal  to the  youths in Uganda to embrace marriage as a form of commitment and faithfulness to God and  the churches to reinstate marital behaviors to graduate youths and young people if Uganda is to have responsible generation of happy families which create peace and harmony in the country” said president   Museveni.

The President made this call on Saturday through State Minister for Economic Monitoring   Henry Banyenzaki at the wedding reception of the Kabale district youth chairperson Samuel Arinaitwe and Doreen Kwikiriza Nkundiye at Kirigime Guest House in Kabale Municipality.

The President lashed at irresponsible youths who fail to put God first in their marriages and instead resort to alcoholism, smoking, gambling, and drug use, which in turn, endanger their own lives.

Museveni, who donated five heifers worth five million shillings to the newlyweds, commended the youth chairperson for his tireless political mobilization for the National Resistance Movement youths in Kabale and Kigezi Sub Region.



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