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He promised to pray for Rwakasisi pardon

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th July 2009 03:00 AM

In the 1970s, dropping the Central Province Governor, Abdallah Nasur’s name would automatically earn a shopper a generous discount, guarantee a job seeker employment any where in the country and ensure access to scarce essentials from any industry.

In the 1970s, dropping the Central Province Governor, Abdallah Nasur’s name would automatically earn a shopper a generous discount, guarantee a job seeker employment any where in the country and ensure access to scarce essentials from any industry.

By Titus Kakembo

In the 1970s, dropping the Central Province Governor, Abdallah Nasur’s name would automatically earn a shopper a generous discount, guarantee a job seeker employment any where in the country and ensure access to scarce essentials from any industry.

The Governor’s office was located on the IPS building on Parliament Avenue.

All was good until after the fall of Idi Amin in 1979, when the media revealed Nasur’s other side after he allegedly forced pedestrians wearing sapatu (rubber flip flops) to chew them after they were banned.

Asked on September 11, 2001, the day he walked to freedom after a presidential pardon, if he actually gave the directive, Nasur burst into laughter, which shook his (then) 70kg body.

“If there is anyone out there who ate his slippers - let them come out and testify in public,” he challenged. But he did not deny the fact that the government he served outlawed magendo (hoarding of essentials), mini skirts and the sale of alchohol after midnight.

Express Football Club fans can never forget how Nasur, as the National Council of Sports chairman, banned the team from playing after it was reported that three of its players had gone missing when there was a major league game to be played. A little later, Express FC beat Simba FC (the Uganda army team) two goals to nil in a league game.

This led to accusations that the team was sympathetic to the anti-government forces who were based in Tanzania.

Nasur spent 20 years in prison on death row for killing Francis Walugembe in 1972. Walugembe was the former mayor of Masaka. Nasur was pardoned on September 11, 2001 by President Yoweri Museveni.

Lt. Gen. Moses Ali picked him from Luzira Maximum Prison.

Talking to the press that day, Nasur promised to pray for his fellow convicts, Fadhul Bin Kadhir and Chris Rwakasisi.

True to his word, praying five times a day in a mosque close to his home on the Gulu-Kampala highway, has worked. Rwakasisi was pardoned this year.

Nasur is a deeply religious person, whose ethnicity cannot be separated from his Koranic heritage.

Residing in Bombo, Nasur, a father of more than 30, is held in high esteem among his tribesmen, among whom he resides in Nakatunya, Bombo.

Before imprisonment, he had lots of properties in Kampala and had three wives, two of whom passed away.

Where people thought that at 70 he was in the evening of his life, he put them to shame when he wed the drop dead gorgeous Maburuk Bint Yassin, aged 25.

Today he is a happy man and has gained weight. In his Bombo locality, he is a man of authority, whose opinion is always sought on major issues concerning the Nubians.

His son, Abdalah Nasur Junior, says he has lost count of the telephone numbers his dad has, as he steers clear of politics today.

“He has peace of mind. He has put on so much weight he cannot tie his shoe laces. The other day he summoned me to do it for him…” says Nasur Jr.

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