Former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, belittled former information minister, Jim Muhwezi, for not achieving anything in the 20 years he served as the Rujumbura County Member of Parliament.
Besigye was Thursday speaking at the funeral of Noah Abraham Mukhwana who died at Mulago Hospital.
Mukhwana, according to Besigye’s aide, Ronald Muhinda, was one of the finest political activists to have emerged from Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] structures.
He will be buried in Mbale district on Saturday.
Mukhwana’s father Wamoto called him “a warrior and a fighter”.
“Noah converted everybody in my house to FDC, except myself. He was very persuasive man but could not convert me, because at 60 years, I had nothing else to add to FDC,” Wamoto told mourners.
He added: “I hope those intelligence officers that follow People’s President Kizza Besigye will not report me that I put all my family in a NOAH vehicle to bring them to Kampala and declare they all converted to FDC.”
Earlier, Besigye attended the burial of Mzee Kham Kirk Karekaho Karegyesa in Kagunga village, Nyakagyeme, Rukungiri district.
Karegyesa was a strong Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] supporter who refused to defect to NRA and work with Museveni after the fall of Milton Obote II Government.
He reportedly refused to touch bank notes introduced by Museveni until his death. His wife Deborah handled all his money.
Besigye said those who eulogised Kham Karekaho Karegyesa (KKK) gave an accurate account, agreeing that Karegyesa was indeed a loving man.
“Rujumbura united us and taught us cooperation, even when we disagree politically,” Besigye said, reminiscing of the past.
“When we talk about ONE UGANDA, ONE PEOPLE (FDC slogan) has its origins in Rujumbura. Development in Rujumbura was initiated by our leader Karegyesa and, believe it or not, development that moved on to Ankole, originated from Rujumbura.”
He said Karegyesa was development oriented. He spent 8 years in Parliament but in the years in parliament, he speared development projects in Rujumbura that included building schools, installing power lines and promoting dairy farming.
“Jim Muhwezi spent 20 years in parliament and I hope he will speak on his behalf what he did for the people of Rujumbura.”
He quickly explained that he was not provoking Jim Muhwezi to audit his performance but rather look at the system (NRM) in which he has served for 20 years as MP.
“If the system is wrong, even if you have good development programs, they will not be implemented. Jim’s biggest undoing is not to realise that the NRM system has not been helpful.”
He said both UPM and NRM started from Rukungiri. The main architects of UPM were mainly from Rujumbura.
“We supported UPM more than the people of Nyabushozi (Museveni’s home area) who rejected him on grounds that he had no property in the area.”
He said the people of Nyabushozi rejected Museveni and supported DP and Sam Kuteesa (Foreign Affairs Ministers) but influential people from Rujumbura, including himself who was a young man, strongly supported Museveni.
“Besides Kasese who voted UPM candidate Chrispus Kiyonga, in the whole of Uganda, Rujumbura people posted the highest number of votes cast for any single UPM candidate (Mathew Rukikaire).”
Besigye says when Museveni went to the bush, fighters from Rujumbura still followed him.
“I was his doctor. Our differences, therefore, cannot be personal but rather, we protest the manner in which he has governed our country.”