“We went to the bush to fight bad governance and the bad leaders” Maj.Gen Katirima

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“We went to the bush to fight bad governance and the bad leaders” Maj.Gen Katirima

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Former bush war hero, Maj Gen. Phinehas Katirima has told the country that National Resistance Army (NRA) led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni wouldn’t have waged a war against Obote’s government if there was good governance in the country.

Katirima was on Thursday afternoon delivering a lecture on “Compelled to Action: The Highlights of the NRM revolution” in weekly NRM ideological clinics at the party headquarters in Kampala.

He said that by 1980, social, economic and political situation in the country were at worst and people had been driven to the wall by state excesses, the reason they chose to take up arms to fight bad governance.

“Obote was not apologetic and wanted to start off from where he had left off in 1971, when he was overthrown by Idi Amin. The controversial December 10, 1980 General Elections were the last straw that broke the camel’s back; People took up arms against arms,” Katirima said.

“Generally, he adds, “the people wanted Democracy and wanted to freely and fairly chose their Leaders and actively participate in democratic processes and be heard and listened to in good governance. Obote was strongly opposed to this”.

Katirima explained that the people were hell bent on fighting Obote II fraudulent government out of power for very good reasons and their cause for war was justified.

“That was the reason the majority of Uganda supported the War and why we, particularly, joined it to make all possible contributions for the liberation, transformation and achievement of the NRM revolutionary ideal,”

The former legislator also said that, since the country was on its knees, there was a need for sacrifice, dedication, selflessness, commitment and readiness to pay the ultimate price for change that shall culminate in the achievement of the desire ideals for a better future for others and the nation, including present and future generations.

“We were doing something for the betterment of the Nation. We were driven by patriotism, selflessness, dedication and commitment. We were ready to sacrifice for a better future for others and the nation,” Katirima adds.

“Obote had forgotten nothing and learnt nothing from his ouster, in 1971 and his dictatorial rule from 1966 to 197. He hated Ugandans and especially the Baganda. He had publically declared that “a good Muganda is a dead one” and the Baganda resented him and the UPC, in retaliation. He had invaded their Kabaka’s palace in 1966 and forced their Kabaka (King) to flee into exile in London where he died on 21 Nov 1969,” Katirirma narrated.

Referring to the 1980 disputed election that ushered Obote into his second regime as the president, Katirima said that, it was unfortunate for Obote to boast about his rigging tactics and take the country hostage by hijacking the electoral system.

He adds that NRM has managed to rid the country of such acts and has introduced popular democracy that allows full participation of all citizens in governance decision making.


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