Hand over power, Amanya Mushega tells Museveni

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Amanya Mushega

Nuwe Amanya Mushega, commonly known as Amanya Mushega, has asked President Yoweri Museveni to hand over power to another person in a peaceful transition.

Mushega, a lawyer, politician, diplomat, and civil servant was speaking Saturday at the wedding reception of his daughter, Kobusingye Kukunda Mushega, and Arnold Akandinda Kazoora, the son of Maj. John Kazoora held at Mawanda Gardens in Kireka, Wakiso district.

Mushega told Museveni, who was present at the event, that wherever he goes, people ask for all sorts of things.

“They ask for money, scholarships, jobs, etc,” Mushega noted, implying that the president has not impacted everyone despite the long time spent in power.

“I also want to ask for something Mr President,” Mushega stated, cleared his voice and continued: “I knew you in 1969 when we were university students.”

Following his graduation from the University of Dar es Salaam, he returned to Uganda in 1972 and taught as an assistant lecturer in the faculty of law at Makerere University.

After obtaining his master’s degree in 1974, he became a lecturer in the faculty of law at the University of Zambia in Lusaka.

He returned to Makerere University in 1979 as a lecturer and continued in that capacity until 1981.

In 1981, Mushega joined the National Resistance Army of Museveni, where he served as the chief national political commissar and rose to the rank of colonel.

Between 1986 and 2001, he served in various ministerial roles, in the ministries of defence, local government, education, and public service.

During that time, he also served as the Member of Parliament representing Igara East in Bushenyi District.

In 2001, he was appointed by the EAC heads of state to serve a five-year term as secretary general of the EAC.

Speaking on Saturday, Mushega reminded Museveni that as youth, they fought in the bush war of 1986 to change the country for the better.

“We fought together in the bush for liberation of this country. I now ask of you, kindly allow me the opportunity to go to Kololo to witness a President handing over to another President in my life time,” Mushega appealed.

Museveni speaks  

When it was his turn to speak, Museveni avoided the topic and instead commended freedom fighters for their role in liberating Uganda.

He instead called upon the likes of Mushega who crossed to opposition, to return to the ruling party.

Mushega crossed to opposition FDC party where he served as the vice chairperson western region.

In June this year,  Mushega told outgoing and incoming members of the regional parliament East Africa Legislative Assembly (Eala) that the community could still crumble.

Mushega, who was the secretary general between 2001 and 2006, told the legislators in Arusha Tanzania thus: “History has a habit of repeating itself… never say never… it (EAC) can break up again, it can actually happen.”

Formed in 1967 to promote economic and political integration of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, the EAC collapsed in 1977 due to economic and political differences.

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