By Ronald Muhinda
The People’s Government President Kizza-Besigye on Sunday visited the family of Paul Kahiigi in Rwansesya village, Kabingo, Kyamuhunga to condole with them over the loss of their mother and matriarch Gertrude Kahiigi.
Besigye was accompanied by Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] President Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Ankole Governor in People’s Government Stanley Katembeya.
Paul Kahiigi is the former FDC Chairperson Bushenyi District, one of the most consistent, committed and incorruptible leader to have come out of Bushenyi to lead the struggle in the district.
Both Patrick Amuriat and Kizza-Besigye saluted Kahiigi for his unwavering support to the struggle and credited his mother for grooming him into an honest and reliable man that has gone to set a good leadership example in Bushenyi.
Joined by other FDC leaders from the greater Bushenyi, Besigye, Patrick Amuriat and Katembeya planted fruit trees in memory of Gertrude, in line with the FDC policy of planting fruit trees to honour the deceased that will provide fruits and shade to the bereaved for many years, long after their loved one is gone.
On Saturday, FDC National Youth Secretariat organised a workshop for FDC Students Chapters for eight Tertiary Institutions based in South Western Uganda to sensitise them on how to pursue political change in Uganda.
Besigye and Amuriat were key note speakers at the workshop held in Bushenyi town.
The students were from Bishop Stuart University, Kampala International University (KIU) Western Campus, UTC Bushenyi, MUBS Mbarara, MUST, Metropolitan International University and others.
Amuriat reminded the students that FDC has grown in strength and sometimes FDC has been “attacked unfairly by our colleagues in opposition who look at FDC as an opponent instead of Museveni and NRM.”
He implored the students to focus on the struggle to end the dictatorship than those who bent on distracting them.
For his part, Besigye said the students must know and understand which power they need to regain saying after 120 years of citizens being treated and servants and subjects in their country.
He said there is need to overhaul the political system where people will become masters and politicians servants.
He told students to look for power that will get them “make decisions, implement decisions, influence how national wealth is distributed and have power of adjudication.”
Besigye however asked students to be mindful of tools used by the regime to undermine the struggle like propaganda, bribery and use of violence to cause fear among people.
Student leaders made a commitment to do everything within their powers to see they fight to bring political change in Uganda.
FDC National Leaders like Mulindwa Walid Lubega, Nasur Din and others also addressed them.