Members of the 10th Parliament have paid glowing tribute to former Bukoto South MP, Mathias Nsubuga.
Nsubuga, who was also the Democratic Party Secretary General, died on December 18th 2016 at Case Hospital in Kampala, two days after suffering a stroke.
Parliament held a special session to honour the late Nsubuga on December 20, 2016, in a heavily packed chamber, to pay their last respects to the fallen MP, whom many eulogized as a nationalist and promoter of democracy. Nsubuga served in Parliament from 2006 to 2016.
Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda moved the motion to pay tribute to the late Nsubuga, describing him as a political activist who championed democracy and challenged the dictatorship of President Idi Amin.
Dr. Rugunda said while he worked with Nsubuga under the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) and National Consultative Forum, Nsubuga was constructive in his contributions and looked at Uganda as a whole, with a vision for a peaceful company.
“Hon. Nsubuga was willing to go an extra mile to ensure that consensus is reached. He was willing to listen to all people and work with them, irrespective of their political views and opinions,” the Prime Minister said.
The Premier’s motion was seconded by the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, also Kasese Woman MP, who commiserated with the late former MP’s family over his demise.
Kiiza said the late pushed fervently for government to abide by democratic principles and push for electoral reforms. She said the late MP always tasked government to set up a constitutional review commission to handle reforms; however government is yet to do so.
Busiro East MP, Medard Ssegona, a member of DP and Shadow Justice Minister, eulogized the late as a politician who had the interests of the Opposition at heart.
Ssegona said Nsubuga’s legacy as a principled opposition leader should be emulated by government and a call to government to treat the opposition with decency and respect.
Several legislators including current Bukoto South MP, Muyanja Mbabali described him as a Pan Africanist, whose principle on non-discrimination endeared him to many.
Theodore Ssekikubo, Lwemiyaga County MP, described the late as a nationalist, whose interests of the country were always placed ahead of political party affiliation.
The four-hour session ended with Parliament unanimously adopting the motion. Earlier at 10 am, the body of the late Nsubuga arrived at Parliament, where it lay in state until 2 pm.
Several mourners including former Electoral Commission chairman, Engineer Badru Kiggundu paid their last respects to the former MP.
“He was a very astute, balanced politician and not aggressive. He was not an antagonistic person and during my interactions with him over the years, his approach to politics was very insightful. Other politicians should pick a leaf from him,” Eng. Kiggundu said.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga lamented that it was a sad moment for Parliament, having lost former Army MP, Major General Julius Oketta less than two months ago.
“We have lost two former MPs and Hon. Nsubuga was a balanced person and believed in dialogue. Even though he was a member of DP, he was never confrontational and always wanted to discuss issues so people could find solutions,” Kadaga told journalists.
Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa described him as a politician who embraced all politicians regardless of political affiliations.