The Observer (Kampala)

27 January 2013

Uganda: Museveni Will Go, Says Sebaggala

It was October 10, 2000, months after Nasser Ntege Sebaggala had returned from jail from the United States.

The occasion was the introduction ceremony of Lubaga South MP John Ken Lukyamuzi by Mary Gonzaga Nalule. Still popular among the people, Sebaggala stood up to make a speech, which turned out to be political. With the 2001 elections looming, Sebaggala told the gathering that Museveni could be defeated even if the opposition fielded many presidential candidates.

"You should not get scared of many multi-partyists joining the race because the incumbent is not capable of getting more than 38%, which means Museveni and I will go for a re-run and those who voted for [Kibirige] Mayanja will not vote for Museveni," Sebaggala said.

He added that if Museveni refused to hand over power, then he would be overthrown by people protests like Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of Yugoslavia. Milosevic had resigned as president following the disputed presidential election in September 2000.

In 2006, Sebaggala served as Kampala mayor and 10 years later, in October 2010, he joined hands with Museveni, angering many of his supporters. Today Sebaggala is one of Museveni's most loyal servants. He is a senior presidential advisor on general duties, and it is doubtable that he still habours any ambition of deposing the man he used to describe as a dictator.

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