BESIGYE GOES INTO SELF-ISOLATION
By Mulengera Reporter
After some people questioned why he had missed the final sendoff of former Kampala Mayor Al Hajj Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, popularly referred to as Seya, veteran opposition leader Dr Kizza Besigye has explained why he could not attend the burial ceremony that happened in Kisaasi on Sunday.
Besigye says that although he would have wanted to attend the sendoff of Seya, the man who rallied all his supporters behind the son of Kifeefe in the 2001 presidential election after his (Seya’s) nomination was unsuccessful due to lack of the required academic qualification, he was currently in self-isolation and could only send his prayers and thoughts to the deceased’s family. Besigye didn’t explain why he was in self-isolation but it was likely a contact of his had contracted Covid19, prompting him to stay home as doctors monitor his health for symptoms of the viral disease.
At the funeral, National Unity Platform (NUP) and People Power principal Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was the chief mourner, and he gave a speech that left his supporters cheering. Bobi Wine spoke of how Sebaggala had inspired him and boosted his confidence, and of how he had opened the door for ghetto youths to try their luck at elective politics.
The funeral turned into some sort of a political rally, with the family announcing the candidates it was sending out into the 2021 general elections. Of these announcements, the surprise was incumbent Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebagala Sengendo, who confirmed he would seek to retain the seat he has occupied for about 20 years. Latif’s U-turn is likely to cause more headache to NUP which had already chosen Kawempe Lord Councilor Muhammad Ssegirinya as its flag bearer since the incumbent had declared he would not stand for election in the constituency but would rather seek to unseat FDC’s Erias Lukwago.
With Latif chickening out of the race after reportedly realizing that Lukwago was still strong and “in the interest of the wider opposition,” NUP handed the mayoral flag to his sister-in-law Nabilah Naggayi Sempala, the incumbent Kampala Woman MP, who had months submitted her papers to the FDC for the same flag late and also declined to take part in process when an extension was announced. At the sendoff ceremony, Nabilah praised Sebaggala and Bobi Wine’s NUP for supporting women in politics unlike some opposition parties which she accused of being afraid of powerful women like her.
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