President Museveni has recognised Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the president of Libya for the support that he rendered to the National Resistance Army (NRA) during the five year bush struggle.
The NRA guerillas led by president Museveni captured power on January 26, 1986. Speaking at the launch of his autobiography “Sowing the Mustard Seed” at Serana Hotel today, Museveni noted that Gaddafi made a contribution during the war.
“Col Gaddafi who the west killed recently helped us during the struggle. Details are in the book,” Museveni said. Libya was a very close friend of Uganda not only during the NRA/NRM bush struggle but also after. For instance, it offered fire arms to the rebels and trained UPDF soldiers when Museveni captured power.
Why Re-write the Book
Museveni argued that the first copy authored by Elizabeth Kanyogonya and Dr. Shillington who interviewed him and wrote the book that had many mistakes. “I didn’t have time to write,” Museveni confessed.
“I gave them the title following recollections always fresh, the book had mistakes but story was there. The book had the message, but I didn’t not want any deviation, so I wrote it myself again,” he said. “I wanted to ensure the substance is clear, the manner of writing English and Runyakore. We who know Runyakore must preserve it for the young generation.”
Museveni also applauded Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda who he said was “on the committee of five when we were beginning the struggle.”