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Museveni traces escape route

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th February 2005 03:00 AM

President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday visited a house in Mbale town where, as a guerrilla leader, he was nearly killed by Uganda Army soldiers in 1973.

President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday visited a house in Mbale town where, as a guerrilla leader, he was nearly killed by Uganda Army soldiers in 1973.

By Nathan Etengu in Mbale
President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday visited a house in Mbale town where, as a guerrilla leader, he was nearly killed by Uganda Army soldiers in 1973.

Museveni, accompanied by the UPDF chief political commissar, Brigadier Kale Kaihura, visited the house in Malukhu housing estate, formerly occupied by former minister Maumbe Mukhwana.

The Mukhwanas received the President at the house.

Museveni survived death on January 22, 1973 after they were surrounded by Idi Amin’s soldiers. His two colleagues were killed.

Martin Mwesiga, the first FRONASA field commander and another colleague were shot dead at the house. Museveni, who was armed with a revolver, escaped after shooting one of his pursuers in the hand.

An orderly sergeant (now a bicycle repairer in Mbale town) ordered the killing of Mwesiga and his colleague after the solders who pursued Museveni returned with injuries.

Mwesiga’s remains were recently recovered from the UPDF garrison at Bugema and taken for re-burial at his home in Rutoma, Mbarara district.

Museveni, on a tour of eastern region, also opened a primary school built in Namisindwa parish in memory of another freedom fighter, Musamali.

Museveni arrived at the school at around 8:00pm after addressing a rally at Magale trading centre. He stopped over at Bungokho, Busiu, Magodes, Butiru, Bubutu and Munamba trading centres to greet people.

Museveni’s entourage included ministers Beatrice Wabudeya, Simon Mayende, Jennifer Namuyangu, Michael Werikhe and former minsiter Byekwaso Lubega.

He was received at the school by a huge crowd that had waited the whole day to see him.
Museveni, who used the area as a base for the liberation struggle against Idi Amin, commended the community for the support they rendered him and his force.

He also commended the people of Mbale and those of Bubulo east for their continued support to the Movement government.

He said they had invested wisely by supporting the movement, which he said could not be blown away by wind.

“Continue supporting the movement and the government will also continue to support you,” Museveni told a rally at Magale trading centre.

He said the Government had initiated a plan to modernise the agricultural and livestock sector.

He urged farmers to use seeds and breeding stock produced by researchers to improve their yields and livestock production.

He said the future of the country lay in the industrial sector that was yet to be developed. He promised pipe water to Magale and the border town of Lwakhakha.

Museveni said more factories and companies would also be started to provide employment for the community to create an alternative solution to the shortage of land for agriculture.

He disclosed that government was studying the operations of the micro- finance credit institutions with the aim of reducing the interest rates charged to the clients.

“The problem of giving the entandikwa (loan) to the community is not money but how to channel the money so that it reaches the rightful beneficiaries,” Museveni said.
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Museveni traces escape route

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