By Moses Walubiri
Reminiscing about his “political awakening” during his Ntare High school days, Museveni mentions Kategeya among a group of politically zealous young men who gradually “evolved into a political cell of nationalistic-minded young people...”
Before the return to multiparty dispensation in 2006, NPC was the equivalent of a Secretary General of a political party. In Kategeya’s case, NPC was the head of a fully-fledged NRM secretariat with a host of directors and auxiliary staff.
Kategeya was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs after the 2001 polls, but was later dropped in a snap cabinet reshuffle in May 2003 over what he later labeled his “strident opposition to lifting presidential term limits.”
And in doing so, Kategeya gave his critics and political pundits fodder to lampoon him for backpedaling on his promise never to rejoin government after his earlier sacking. “Man can only turn in bed but cannot go back on his word,” Kategeya had said, referring to a known Kinyankole idiom.
To senior Media Advisor to the President, John Nagenda, Kategeya has been an effective leader, averse to media attention but very thorough in his work. “He introduced me to the Movement more than 30 years ago. I will miss him as a friend,” Nagenda said of the politician- cum lawyer he worked with in the NRM’s external wing.
So long Kategeya.
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March 2 2013- Eriya Kategaya