The Member of Parliament for Kinkizi West and former Prime Minister of Uganda has said he is still a member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) with no intentions of leaving.
Mbabazi, who said he did not want to seem partisan, made the remarks in response to Makerere University Students who kept chanting Mbabazi oyee! and twagala Mbabazi (we want Mbabazi) while holding his pictures.
Mbabazi said this while at the Makerere University 81st Guild speaker hand-over held at the College of Engineering Design at Technology (CEDAT) conference hall. He was invited as the chief guest to deliver a key-note address on the role of student leaders and youth in development.
“I belong to NRM and I have absolutely no intentions of leaving it. It’s me who started it together with my colleagues, why should I leave it?” Mbabazi said.
Towards the end of his speech, Mbabazi reminded the excited students about what he termed a “contention” of somebody he retweeted today; saying intelligence is knowing the right answer to say. This statement sent an uproar of excitement amongst the students to which he later added; “and wisdom is knowing when to say it”.
Before he was diverted into talking about his Party stand, Mbabazi called upon the students to ensure self-development as a critical point for young people to achieve national development.
“Your life is in your hands. Whether you succeed or not succeed, it is up to you. It’s a decision you make,” said Mbabazi. He also added that “When I was your age, history imposed on me and my contemporaries a duty to liberate the country and we did…”
According to the in-coming guild speaker, Jotham Tamurebiire Burobutu, Mbabazi was invited not only because of the position he holds in the country but also because he is an Alumnus and former member of the Makerere Students’ guild.
Burobutu received the instruments of office from former guild speaker Chark M. Benson of the 80th guild. The out-going deputy speaker, Stella Namulindwa who was also a guild candidate on Democratic Party’s (DP) youth wing; Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) card, also handed over office to the in-coming Martha Mulerwa.
0ver 90 students of the former guild council were awarded with certificates, medals and trophies of various achievements amongst which included physical smartness and eloquence.
The Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy (CCEDU) which sponsored the event was represented by Charles Mwangushya, a journalist and Law students at Makerere, who also handed over their materials including hand bans and T-shirts to Mbabazi for endorsement.