Just hours after he had received a thunderous welcome at Namboole Stadium by Uganda Cranes fans, ex-Premier Amama Mbabazi told members of students association that there is nothing wrong with being ambitious.
Mbabazi received a rapturous welcome when he turned up at the Marathon Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) on Sunday morning after the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura who was expected as chief guest failed to honour the invite.
Mbabazi told the youth that there is nothing wrong with the youth having ambitions as leaders because it is an inherent right.
In his speech, Mbabazi who three days before his sacking had flagged off a UNSA delegation to Rwanda, urged the youth to develop self-esteem and demand to be leaders of today and not tomorrow.
“You should be ambitious for leadership and the more ambitious young people we have the better,” said Mbabazi insisting he was still part of government “because I’m SG NRM which is the ruling party.” Organizers raised Shs5m which Mbabazi, who has always generously funded UNSA, topped up with Shs5m.
Details have emerged regarding secrets behind revelation. Mbabazi was the chief runner and chief guest athe event organized to raise funds for poor schools namely Pokot SS in Karamoja (Amudat) and Panyimur in Nebbi West Nile.
Theme was “Run for Karamoja & West Nile.” We have established UNSA leaders namely Matanda Emmanuel Ekima and James Batabare have since July been strategically organizing this event. In his speech after the Marathon, Matanda thanked Mbabazi: “for receiving us with open hands when all other government officials turned their backs on us.”
In fact there was stampede when Mbabazi arrived and cheering students surrounded his ear, competing to take photos with him.
Additional reporting by Bob Atwine