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Mbabazi: Museveni is Still My Good Friend

Amama Mbabazi Brother Bakebwa Laid to Rest

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Former Uganda’s Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi says three-decade president Yoweri Museveni is still his good friend.

Museveni dropped Mbabazi as prime minister in 2014.

Mbabazi would later contest against Museveni in a presidential election in 2016 under his ‘Go Forward’ outfit instead of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party he tirelessly worked for.

Yet despite the fallout, Museveni and Mbabazi are still good friends.

“I quit the NRM government on principle; I am a principled man,” said Mbabazi during a requiem service for his elder brother Elijah Paul Bakebwa.

“I worked with Museveni for 45 years and we accomplished a lot together but today we don’t have the same political beliefs, even though we are still good friends.”

In August, Museveni attended the giveway ceremony (okuhingira) of Bridget Birungi Rwakairu, Mbabazi’s niece, to Andile Ramaphosa, a son to South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Amama Mbabazi Elder Brother Bakebwa Burial

On Friday, a requiem service to pray for Bakebwa’s soul happened at St James Kijuguta Church of Uganda.

Elijah Paul Bakebwa succumbed to hypertension and diabetes at Nakasero Hospital.

He was aged 82.

Bakebwa was a staunch UPC supporter in Kigezi region.

Even when Bakebwa and Mbabazi belonged to different political parties, the former premier told mourners, there were no divisions based on this line of affiliation.

Survived by a widow, Margaret Bangi Bakebwa, 13 children, 27 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Bakebwa was laid to rest in Burambira village,Kijuguta ward in Northern Division in Kabale municipality.

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