Smiles, hugs as Besigye meets Bobi Wine in Entebbe

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Opposition figure Kizza Besigye and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine met Tuesday in Entebbe to send off Mzee John Mulumba Luswata.

Mzee Mulumba, the father of Maama Sylvia Nagginda, the Nnabagereka [Queen Mother] of Buganda Kingdom, died at 80 years of age.

“We started with a moving funeral service at St. Peter’s Church of Uganda, Nkumba- Entebbe,” Bobi Wine said.

Besigye and Bobi share a hug

According to his friend Ashburg Katto, Bobi Wine met with Besigye at the event and had a long hearty chat orchestrated by a tight hug.

“No one will ever separate these two. The two presidents spent almost 3 hours in what many described as ‘talk of good hope’,” Katto said.

He said they didn’t allow anyone to come in between their conversation.

“It was all smiles and hugs… This was a very beautiful moment for the struggle. Trust me the future is ours if we come together as one.”

The leaders of the Democratic Party Bloc have been trying to make the two collide by asking Besigye to step aside for Bobi Wine who they call the new kid on the opposition block.

Members of the DP Bloc, a coalition of the Democratic Party led by Norbert Mao, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Dr Abed Bwanika and Mike Mabike’s Social Democratic Party (SDP), signed a pact that binds them ahead of the 2021 general elections at Africana hotel recently.

The meeting was attended by a number of political figures including, former FDC President Mugisha Muntu, Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, who heads the People Power Movement, among others. 

FDC officials say, instead of using the event to sell DP Bloc to Ugandans, most speakers like Dr Bwanika, used it to attack Dr Besigye.

Besigye has since clarified that no one brought him to the struggle hence none will ask him to pull out of the struggle before its finished.

The Tuesday meeting between Bobi Wine and Besigye hinted at a possibility of the two maintaining good relations contrary to the tensions that have been in the air.

Nagginda’s father

Speaking about the late, Bobi Wine thanked God for Mzee Mulumba’s life which was very inspiring.

On his way back, the singing MP who was accompanied by Mityana MP Francis Zaake and Bugiri MP Asuman Basalirwa, was blocked by so many people who had waited on the roadsides of Entebbe Road to say hello.

“I obliged and waved at them. I thank them for this great display of love, support and solidarity. Together, we shall change our destiny.”

Speaking at Namirembe Cathedral during the funeral service of her father John Luswata Ssebugwawo, who succumbed to heart and kidney complications last week, Queen Nagginda told off government for neglecting the health sector because of politics.

“I had a conversation with the director of Mulago National Referral Hospital at the time dad was admitted there. He pointed out issues related to underfunding. This is a danger to society,” she said.

The Nnabagereka said the problems within the health sector place the country at the risk of brain drain, a scenario that will leave the public suffering.

“We have qualified people– doctors– and many want to stay in Uganda. They can do incredible work but they need support. Let us see how to separate politics from the health sector.”

Nagginda and her siblings, without mentioning any specific deficiency in the health sector, said their father spent a week at the government referral hospital and was later transferred to Nakasero Hospital where he died.

The burial was also attended by Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga who consoled by the Nnabagereka on her loss.

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