Museveni meets NUP’s Kikankane youth group

Museveni meets NUP’s Kikankane youth group

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has met a group of 91 youth who described themselves to him as formerly supporters of National Unity Platform (NUP) under the name Kikankane.

The group met Museveni after undergoing mindset change and leadership training at the Institute of Security and Intelligence Studies.

According to Col Charles Oluka, the Director General of Internal Security Organisation , part of the 91 were commanders of different NUP youth-led groups who took part in the November 2020 riots and demonstrations around Kampala .

He said the group was taken through political education including NRM ideological pillars of patriotism, pan Africanism, social economic transformation and democracy.

Other areas were about revolutionary methods of work, mindset change, leadership and discipline, took them through politically motivated crimes and their dangers among others topics that made them change agents in their respective areas.

“Your excellency, I can assure you that the time they have spent with us has not been put to waste, they are now very different people. Today they speak the language of nationalism, pan Africanism, development and not destruction of their own country and livelihoods of their own brothers and sisters, “Col Oluka said.

He added that they plan to use the same approach and organise similar orientations for groups in other parts of the country

President Museveni welcomed the group and urged them to avoid taking part in acts of violence, saying they are only causing problems for themselves.

He also called upon them to desist from politics of identity that is mostly based on tribes and religions, saying it is counterproductive and diversionary.

The president who also lectured them on the Ideological pillars of patriotism, pan Africanism, social economic transformation and democracy, said the NRM from the onset is emphasising prosperity of all Ugandans without segregation and not destruction.

“The second aspect is the security of our people and prosperity. Ensure that there is no crime, because life is most important. If we work and there is looting and riots, how shall we develop,” Museveni noted.

The group leader Ssebugwawo Ahmed who introduced himself as Gen Kikankane, the commander of land forces in NUP, confessed to the president that at the time of arrest, they were determined to disrupt his swearing in Ceremony at Kololo by staging riots across Kampala on orders of their leader Robert Kyagulanyi.

“We were also preparing to swear in who we thought was our leader at that time, Robert Kagulanyi Ssentamu – Bobi Wine. They told us so many things and promised us heaven and earth if we managed to execute the mission of making him president and delivering him to the State House. We had a saying in Luganda “Nti tugenda Ntebe muntebe” but we can no longer return to that side because we are now where we wanted to be (in state House), the promised land”, Ssebugwawo told Museveni.

Ssebugwawo and the group thanked the president through the Internal Security Organization for equipping them with so much knowledge about their country and their role in development. They promised to mobilize fellow youths in Kampala to keep peace and desist from violence.

Col Charles Oluka, told the president that the same training has been given to another group of one hundred and one (101) councillors from Wakiso district who are also undergoing leadership training.

Out of the 101 councilors he said, 80 subscribe to the National Unity Platform party, 13 subscribe to NRM, seven  are from Democratic party and one is independent but NRM leaning.

Source: Nile Post

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