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President Museveni salutes after laying a wreath on Ssetuba's grave in Kagogo village, Bukomero in Kiboga. PPU photo

Museveni Pays Tribute to his Bush War Host, Late Ssetuba

posted onJanuary 7, 2020

By Kampala Post Reporter

President Yoweri Museveni on Monday paid tribute to the late Christopher Ssetuba, the man that hosted him during the Liberation War at Kagogo, Bukomero in Kiboga district.

Museveni who is the Chief Trekker of the ‘Africa Kwetu’ 195 Km walk that started over the weekend, paid tribute to the late by laying a wreath on his grave.

Prior, the President camped at his home, where he spent Sunday night and then left for Matugga the next day (Monday). In his condolence message to the family, the President described the late Ssetuba as a hero who gave shelter to him and his men during the liberation struggle.

"We were coming from Lwamata to Matugga. We stayed here and slept at his home and then left for Matugga the next day. The first time we passed here, nobody knew. After we got ammunition, we stayed here in the mountains and news came out that we were here in these hills near his home. The Tanzanians heard about it, came and killed him," the President narrated.

Museveni  on Monday continued with the Seven-day journey (Galamba-Birembo Trek) from Bukomero Technical Institute in Kiboga District and was expected to camp at Ndiraweru village.

Before embarking on the 12 Km Trek, President Museveni explained to the trekkers that it was in Bukomero where now Security Minister Gen. Elly Tumwine organized one of their first ambushes that saw one of the Tanzanian lorries blasted. He added that it was at this place, Gen. Tumwine lost an eye during the war.

"It was from Bukomero that we abandoned the vehicles and walked 19 miles from here to Kaginzi because we didn't want to be seen by the enemy," the President said.

Narrating some of his ordeals of the journey to the amusement of the trekkers, Mr. Museveni said that it was a hard one, since he lacked a blanket and a toothbrush to use. "I tried to use the fire to warm myself to sleep but it couldn't help. I would get warm on one side and feel cold on the other side. I then got a very smelly blanket but at the time it was the sweet smelly blanket. For toothbrush, there was a son of Dr. Sebuliba who had studied at Makerere. He donated to me his own tooth brush and I had to boil it and sterilize it," he said.

President Museveni, who energetically led the trek up the Kateera hill where he made several stopovers, encouraged people to endeavour to increase their household incomes.

While at Kateera Church of Uganda grounds, he encouraged the people to always fear God because, He is the source of wisdom and that if they trust Him, everything else will fall in place. He thanked the parents of the “Bazzukulu” for joining arms with him during the liberation struggle and told them it was time for the “Bazzukulu” now to fight poverty.

"Tarmac roads cannot get you out of poverty; otherwise this place would have no poor people. I also see electricity poles but they still won't get you out of poverty because you need money to pay for the bills. Government has done its part of developing infrastructure but you also must do your part of fighting poverty," he emphasized.

The President also advised the people to take their children to school, saying a country cannot do well without educated people.

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