Njuba Memorial: FDC Mourn Fallen ‘Other Mandela’

order sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Njuba succumbed to an abdominal infection last Friday at Nsabya sildenafil sans-serif; color: #222222;”>hospital at the age of 72, adiposity leaving behind 11 children he brought forth with his Bush-war veteran wife, Gertrude Njuba, 69, and 20 grand children.

The party leaders all spoke with grief of an irreplaceable comrade who had gone out of his way to put almost his entire life on the front against three regimes of Idi Amin, Milton Obote and the current NRM government, all of which he believed had strayed from the key principles of constitutionalism or the rule of law.

“We are yet to come to terms with this tragic occurrence,” said party president, Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu, who described the late Njuba’ s life as an entirely rich, enterprising one.

“His departure is a great loss to all of us; we are greatly indebted to his contribution to the growth and successes of our party. From Reform Agenda as deputy president and FDC as party chairman, he’s been a strong pillar to us.”

Inadvertently, the Najjanankubi memorial function coincided exactly with the very date (December 16) on which FDC party was born, back in 2004.


According to party Secretary General, Hon Alice Alaso, preparations were already underway to carry out a number of activities in commemoration of the 9th anniversary, shortly before Njuba was pronounced dead.

Betty Kamya, Kibirige Mayanja and Asuman Basaalirwa laying a wreth on Njuba’s coffin yesterday

“I believe that God had in mind that we say goodbye to our comrade on the very day that we commemorate 9 years of our existence,” mourned former party president, Col Kiiza Besigye. “He has given to the party 9 wonderful years and we must promise to bring home the struggle that he started.”

“I am also gratified indeed that the late Njuba is departing in the company of Africa’s giant Nelson Mandela, because their struggles are similar, their qualities and even their calling because they were both very distinguished lawyers.”

A selfless and altruistic leader, Njuba was also praised for offering to let Col Dr Kiiza Besigye take up his Kyaddondo parliamentary seat, having lost in the presidential election in 2006, with hope that he would have more to contribute to the struggle in that position.

He later stood down from the same seat to be taken by current area MP, Hon Semujju Nganda.

Njuba now follows other top fallen party officials serving at varying levels who include the late Vincent Kimera, Sulaiman Kiggungu, and John Butime.

The leader of opposition in parliament, Hon Nandala Mafabi, recalled with sorrow, the role that Njuba played in trying to unite the party’s rivalling sections.

“I went to seek his guidance on my misunderstanding with some of my colleagues in the party leadership and he told me, ‘Son, your personal
interests must not come before the party’s common goal’. We must all work together to deliver on this front and salvage our country first.”

Other FDC stalwarts, Augustine Ruzindana and Chapa Karuhanga, with whom they authored the Reform Agenda, described Njuba as that calming force
that always steamed off boiling tensions both internally and between FDC and the current and regime.

Njuba’s body is today Tuesday being laid in State for public viewing from 9 to 11am before being taken to his home in Nangabo Kasangati, where he will be laid to rest.

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