Mbabazi May Replace Museveni As UNSA Patron

The Uganda National Students Association (Unsa) has approved a proposal to replace President Museveni as their patron in January, with ex-premier Amama Mbabazi a hot contender.

The students accuse Museveni, who has been their patron for 26 years, of “being silent on issues that hurt” them. Unsa General Secretary Brian Tumusiime told The Observer yesterday that access to the president was difficult, adding that he did not consider students a necessary constituency.

The resolution was reached during a retreat of some 300 student leaders from 100 tertiary institutions held at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Must) last week. The leaders suggested former Premier Amama Mbabazi as a likely replacement. Tumusiime told The Observer that Mbabazi was “popularly forwardedicirc because of igravebeing with us when he was prime minister and even after he was relieved of his duties”.

Last month, Unsa organized a marathon to raise Shs 50m to build boreholes in Karamoja. Mbabazi participated and contributed Shs 5m. Mbabazi also contributed Shs 3m and fuel for the executive’s tour of Rwanda days before he was sacked in September.

Unsa leaders will now choose between Mbabazi and the former Archbishop Henry L Orombi of the Anglican church.

Source : The Observer

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