SAM Peter Kitaka, 65, came into the limelight during the 1996 presidential campaigns when he carried a grinding stone and placed it on President Yoweri Museveniâ€™s head at Nyenga sub county headquarters in Buikwe.
In so doing, he was declaring Museveni as the most suitable candidate to carry Ugandaâ€™s burdens. Since then, Kitaka became prominent in the party circles and in his area.
Today when he persuades you to support President Museveni, you may think that he has a big job in government.
When Museveni and his colleagues invaded Uganda from Tanzania late in 1972, Kitaka wholeheartedly supported Museveni.
Kitaka didnâ€™t give any financial support to Museveni when he was fighting Amin although he would have loved to. He was afraid because he came from Bulumagi, Buikwe, where Brig. Ali Fadul, who was a prominent soldier in Aminâ€™s government, also hailed.
He said that if Fadhul had learnt that he supported Museveni, he would have killed him. In 1986 when Museveni overthrew Tito Okelloâ€™s government, Kitaka was very happy and was one of the first people to embrace the NRM government.
He soon got various positions of leadership at the sub-county and at the district levels in Mukono. In the early 1990s, he was one of the local leaders who supported decentralisation.
During the 1996 elections, Kitaka was the LC3 chairman Nyenga sub-county.
At the scene where Museveni carried the stone, Kitaka and his colleagues have mounted a monument in remembrance of what happened there.
Several prominent NRM supporters regularly visit the monument, which is the only one mounted by civilians for President Museveni in Uganda.
Kitaka carries a stone for Museveni