Veteran bush war historical Al Hajj Abdul Naduli has lambasted his long time confidant Gen. Yoweri Museveni whom he accuses of drifting away from the core reasons for which they initiated the bush war liberation struggle. Nadduli says Museveni has tremendously deviated from their aspirations amongst which was the quest for fundamental change and restoration of democracy.
Speaking to one of the local radio stations at his residence in Nakaseke which was a hotspot of the NRA guerrilla battle, Nadduli revealed that he is disgusted by the repressive measures unleashed on the opposition by the sitting government. He discredits the NRM government for failing to tolerate dissenting opinions and beliefs.
“You see when we went to the bush, we had expectations that Uganda would be free for all. But sadly, what we see today is a far different version of what we fought for,” he said. He also lashed out at Museveni for imprisoning NUP supporters who he says are too young to even qualify to be grandchildren of Museveni. “They are very young people who don’t deserve to be harrassed for their opinions. Museveni should be lenient and considerate. Let him pardon all political prisoners and start a new chapter,” he adds.
Nadduli’s remarks come just days after the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga appealed to government to release lawmakers Muhammad Ssegirinya and Allan Ssewanyana who have been in custody for over 3 months. Mayiga also called on Museveni to free all political prisoners who were arrested in the political campaign period.