Dokolo District Women MP Cecilia Ogwal has downplayed the idea of liberation which the ruling NRM party just celebrated in Tororo district.
“I think there’s been deliberate misuse of the word ‘liberation’,” Ogwal said in a recent interview with a local television.
She added: “I think it would be an insult to say that you can compare the liberation that we celebrate on the 26th, that of 9th October and that of 11th April.”
Ogwal said former President Milton Obote could never have been a bad person.
“If he was a bad person, he wouldn’t have come back and president Museveni wouldn’t be talking about him.”
Host: What keeps firing you to stay in the opposition?
Ogwal: You are driven by commitment and pain. And for me, whether I have people to help me or not, I made up my mind to fight for the comeback of multi-partyism.
Host: Does the president fear you?
Ogwal: He fears people who can threaten his job. I don’t know if he fears me because I’m not a soldier.
When Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party won 1980 elections, Museveni accused him of rigging the votes.
This led to a guerrilla war by Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army (NRA) and several other military groups.
On 27 July 1985, Obote was deposed again. As in 1971 by army commander Idi Amin, he was overthrown by his own army commanders in a military coup d’état; Brigadier Bazilio Olara-Okello and General Tito Okello.
The two men briefly ruled the country through a Military Council, but after a few months of near chaos, Museveni’s NRA seized control of the country.