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NRA’s Capt Serunjogi Rules out Bobi Wine Presidency

In Mubende

Capt Sula Serunjogi, a former National Resistance Army (NRA) combatant, has laughed at MP Robert Kyagulanyi’s presidential aspirations, saying a such thing won’t happen.

Serunjogi, who has served as Resident District Commissioner (RDC) in several parts of the country over the last two decades, spoke Wednesday at the peak of Butologo hills in Mubende district on the fifth day of Africa Kwetu trek.

“You see people swinging their pants all over the place, saying they want to be president,” said Serunjogi as the audience listened attentively.

“Bobi Wine to become commander-in-chief?” he added as the audience choked on laughter.

“And he sits in this chair? Never,” he added while pointing at the seat occupied by President Museveni.

Bobi Wine, who is the Kyadondo East lawmaker, has in recent months intensified consultations for his anticipated presidential bid.

These activities have since been blocked by police on grounds that he is illegally conducting early presidential campaigns.

Museveni didn’t comment on Serunjogi’s remarks mocking Bobi Wine’s presidential aspirations which are likely to kick up dust and raise concerns about the role of the military in Uganda’s politics. 

Reign of terror

As tears flows endlessly on his cheeks, Serunjogi narrated the reign of terror under Idi Amin and Milton Obote 2.

“There was a man called Dr Walugembe who found Amin’s soldiers enjoying a drink. He tried to show them how alcohol is enjoyed in Buganda only to be roughed up and dragged on the road while being beaten by the soldiers,” said Serunjogi.

“Dr Walugembe was dumped in jail where he passed on. Soldiers came to shops and took away goods without paying. That’s why shopkeepers started using iron-bar meshes to protect their goods from Amin and Obote’s thugs,” he recalled. 

“All shops which didn’t have these meshes would be looted by soldiers. I am not hiding anything. In Obote’s regime, soldiers would raid homes and rape women and girls. They would tell a man to clap hands as they raped his wife and daughters. People have never recovered from these sad episodes.“

The event was graced by NRA historicals including Gen Elly Tumwiine, Steven Kashaka, former army chief Gen Katumba Wamala, Kashillingi among others.

ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba and her deputy Peter Ogwang, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija also graced the ceremony.

President Museveni is leading about 1,000 people in a trek through the seven districts of Wakiso, Nakaseke, Mityana, Kiboga, Kasandha, Mubende and Kakumiro.

Trekkers are residing at campsites as they traverse routes that the NRA fighters used during the liberation struggle.

Museveni is also addressing small groups of people along the trek routes and investigating the effectiveness of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC).

Trekkers will on Thursday move to Birembo and later Kabamba barracks which was attacked thrice during the NRA war in search for arms.

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