Speaking at a rally in Makerere University, Gen David Sejusa urged students to boycott the 2016 general elections if no meaningful electoral reforms are made by the ruling NRM.
The rally on April 23 at Mary Stuart hall was organized by Bernard Luyiga who represents Makerere at the Kampala Capital City Authority. Although police was deployed, it did not disrupt the rally.
Dressed in a university gown, Sejusa said he was not vote-hunting.
“I am here to apologise to fellow Ugandans for having joined that person [Museveni] in the liberation. My contribution did not only bring down Uganda but also Africa. Part of my mission here is to tell you of a strategy that will block a threat that may finish you off no matter what party you belong to,” Sejusa said.
The day’s theme was “30 years of NRM rule is it the solution for Uganda’s problems?”
Sejusa said part of his current mission is to preach reconciliation and how to build capacity to cause change in capturing power, retaining it and letting Museveni and his family leave peacefully.
“At the age of 25, I attacked my own barracks and secured guns without permission. In Uganda today, none of you will graduate and get a job unless you unlock the padlocks from the rotten regime. A sister university in Kenya recently lost 148 students and don’t think this is an isolated incident. Sleep and think of a mission command,” Sejusa said amid ululations.
Referring to himself as a Paul who had converted from Saul, Sejusa aised students to look beyond parties, to define their enemies, and find solutions to the challenges they face: corruption, poverty, lack of jobs, hiking of tuition fees, lack of health services and the continuous arrest of jobless youths.
The most entertaining speaker of the day was Nasser Sebaggala, former Kampala mayor and special presidential aisor. He addressed students in English, having walked to the podium to Desire Luzinda’s song Nina Ekitone.
Asked to ‘test’ in Makerere style, Sebaggala said: “Ekitone oyee [instead of Makerere oyee], drawing applause from students and policemen around.
“Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon,” he said at 6pm. “I was a VIP in 1970, 79. At that time, the privilege of Makerere was endless: they used to have a good meals, good hostels, they paid them what they called booms… if you don’t fight for your good, you can’t alive.”
Source : The Observer