Members of Parliament have paid glowing tribute to the late Sam Kalega Njuba whom several have described as a calm politician known for his Integrity and honesty.
During the debate on a motion tabled by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, members recalled and recited Njuba’s political journey which remained untainted until the time of his death.
The former National Chairman of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change died last week in Nsambya after a battle with cancer.
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi praised Njuba for remaining neutral in some of the contentious debates during the 1994 Constituent Assembly that enacted the 1995 constitution.
Seconding the motion, the leader of the opposition in Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi praised Njuba for his qualities such as integrity, community mobilization and honesty after his departure from the NRM.
Defence Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga described Njuba as a calm and thoughtful leader.
He recalled the 1980 Kasese Parliamentary elections where he won the seat under the Uganda Patriotic Movement.
According to Kiyonga there were some tragic incidents that he wanted known through a court petition but he was warned against. However, he was not convinced by Bidandi Ssali who then asked Njuba to intervene.
The Late Sam Kalega Njuba went to Dar es Salaam University where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in law and this is where he met other Ugandan students such as President Yoweri Museveni, Vice President Edward Sekandi, former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki and former Buganda Premier Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere.
Others included the late James Wapakhabulo, Eriya Kategaya among others who later influenced the political course of Uganda’s history.
In 1983 to 86 he moved on to the University of Papua New Guinea where he worked as a senior lecturer and coordinator of magisterial studies at the Faculty of Law. It was there that he met former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya and persuaded to join the struggle.
Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, The Busiro North MP noted that Njuba never liked hypocrites. He added that Njuba fought for the rights of the people and had a heart for Uganda which most leaders now lack. He appealed to them to emulate Njuba’s deeds particularly in the political arena where people’s freedoms are being suffocated.
Khiddu Makubuya, The former Attorney General described Njuba as analytical, thorough and saluted the Njuba family especially Gertrude Njuba, the wife to the late for her leadership role in Masulita during the Luwero liberation struggle that ushered in the NRM Regime.
Ruhakana Rugunda, The Minister of health recalled in June 1981 when himself, Mathew Rukikaire and Njuba accompanied President Yoweri Museveni to Libya to garner support to help them train fighters who among others included Jack Sabiti MP Rukiga county.
He also added that Njuba’s departure has robbed the opposition of its respectability and the ruling NRM a great son and patriot.