- He urges nation to embrace peace
Lira – About a fortnight ago, President Museveni led a ‘great trek’ where he retraced the old path of his NRA freedom fighters and a springboard to his three decade rule in Uganda.
His decision to walk with his compatriots at this time has met mixed reactions from the public.
The trek covered seven districts of Wakiso (where he set off from) to Nakaseke, Mityana, Kiboga, Kasandha, Mubende and Kakumiro. He kicked off his long trek from Galamba in Wakiso district to Birembo in Kibaale district.
The President invited alongside him his senior bush war comrades, like security minister, Gen. Elly Tumwine but also his Bazukullu from across the country.
George Abdul, a former aspirant for Northern Uganda Parliamentary seat in the 2016 general elections on NRM ticket, was privileged to walk the 115kms alongside the President and shared his experience with TND News’ Frank Oyugi.
“These people (Museveni and his NRA fighters) suffered a lot from what they narrated to us,” Mr. Abdul currently a mobiliser for NRM in the office of the party chairman begins his story.
According to Abdul, they would trek for several kilometers a day with the President who would occasionally make stop overs to address a gathering of excited villagers waiting to meet him.
“Mzee is still very strong, he walked at a terrific speed that we could barely cope with at some point, he slept in the same camp like anybody else and would address us in the morning before we kick start the journey,” he added.
Asked on how the great trek impacted on his perception of the NRA revolution that brought the NRM to power, Abdul said that there are a lot of lessons to learn from Museveni’s struggle and urged young people to follow the footsteps of the revolutionaries.
“These people could live in the bush without food and no medical care; this was too much suffering,” he remarks. He was quick to add that just like the NRA was successful because the community would support them with food and other vital information, today’s leaders also need to work together with the people they lead for a prosperous Uganda.
Mr. Abdul meanwhile urged Ugandans across the political divide to embrace the revolution of the NRA and consolidate the peace and tranquility that the country currently enjoys, adding that this would further enhance the democratization of the country.
He said the trek presented the youth with the opportunity to understand the political history of their country and urged them to appreciate the challenges that the country went through during the revolution, and learn from it by way of embracing peace and mutual co-existence.
Asked again on his political career, Abdul who claims that his victory in the last election was hijacked, says he is giving one more shot.
Mr. Abdul says he is passionate about the issues that affect young people in this country especially in the greater Northern Uganda, a reason he will run again for the position of Northern Uganda youth MP so he can take their voices to the August House.
Hounourable Oscar Omony is the current youth MP and is among MPs who have not spoken in Parliament, according to a recent report from the Parliamentary Hansard.