By Ronald Nahabwe
Kampala: One of the leading opposition parties in Uganda the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has announced that they will hold a parallel in commemoration of our nation’s 57th Independence Anniversary this Wednesday, October 9th, a public lecture at our headquarters.
The Peoples President Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye, FDC President Eng. Hon. Patrick Amuriat and other leaders will attend and speak at this event.
The FDC spokesperson MP Ibrahim Semujju revealed that what should have been a national function to commemorate our Independence has been turned into a Yoweri Museveni and National Resistance Movement day, hence the need for a true national function.
“Independence is not about the passage of time. It is about what we have collectively achieved as people. Our grandparents who resisted colonialism fought for economic emancipation and self-rule. They wanted to gain their cotton. They wanted to be free people. They wanted equal representation,’’ he said.
He added that “At 57, the only achievement that is still subsisting is having a black man at Entebbe State House. This black man is by far worse than Andrew Cohen who was the British Governor at the time of our Independence.
Cohen allowed Ignatius Kangave Musaazi, Abubakar Kakyama Mayanja, Stefano Abwangoto, Ben Okwerede, Yekosofati and S.B Katembo who formed the first political party in Uganda called Uganda National Congress to freely address political rallies.”
Ssemujju said that being ruled at gunpoint by the most corrupt leader and group in our history. Our people have deliberately been impoverished. And the leader is lining them up to receive handouts wherever and whenever he visits.
“Abu-Mayanja became a Secretary-General of the first national political party when still a student at Makerere. This is a call, especially to young people. This is your time and time is now. The Mayanja-Musazi slogan was Independence Now.” Ssemuju said.