This blog explores and examines the intersections of rhetoric, race, and religion.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Religion, True Faith, and Bad Politics
At the public viewing of, and paying last respects to, the late Hon Sam Kalega Njuba on Monday, the retired assistant bishop of Kampala, Dr Zac Niringiye, was asked to say an opening prayer.
But he said more than just a prayer. This was at the headquarters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
The late Njuba diligently and honestly served FDC as National Chairman.
Njuba was undoubtedly one of the most important statesmen of his generation having straddled the fight to bring the ruling party to power but later struggled intrepidly against the same government.
He will go down in the annals of our history as one of the few men and women, of his time, who stood firm and consistently for rule of law, constitutionalism and genuine service to the nation.
From the late 1990s, Njuba unwaveringly stayed in opposition trenches with Dr Kizza Besigye. In 2005, he tirelessly worked closely with Augustine Ruzindana, Betty Kamya, Reagan Okumu, James Musinguzi, Chapaa Karuhanga and a few others in hammering out modalities leading to the formation of FDC.
If, as General David Sejusa suggested early this week, the FDC actually won the 2006 presidential elections, Njuba’s role was paramount.