Security officials in Masaka convened a crisis meeting ahead of the launch of a critical book against the Preident. Dr Olive Kobusingye, the sister to FDC leader Kiiza Besigye scheduled to launch her book, the vernacular version of her book “correct line” in at Masaka Tropic in Hotel.
The vernacular version of the book titled “Lino Ly’ekubbo Ettuufu? Uganda Ne Museveni”? is critical of Museveni’s leadership. In her book, Kobusingye highlights the ironies and contradictions under the Museveni leadership style, and what compelled him to take up arms against the Apollo Milton Obote government. A message on posters circulated around Masaka town indicates that Dr Kobusingye wants to launch the Luganda version of her book to reach out to a wider audience.
But the proposed launch of the book caused panic amongst security officials in Masaka forcing them to convene a crisis meeting. Noah Sserunjogi, Southern Region Police Spokesperson confirmed security officials from various agencies in Masaka are meeting in the office of the Southern Region Police Commander to forge away forward. He explained that Simon Peter Wafana, Southern Regional Police Commander convened the meeting after FDC officials led by Joseph Ssenzoga notified police about the proposed launch of the controversial book.
Wafana said that the meeting will come up with a decision on the fate of the proposed launch of the book by Friday. Godfrey Kayemba, Mayor Masaka Municipality said that they will proceed with the launch of the book irrespective of the outcome of the police meeting.
Rose Namirimu, the Manager Tropic Inn Hotel said although they are under pressure not to allow the book launch they will not refund the money. Namirimu said that her hotel is a business and sees nothing wrong with the book launch exercise.
Several politicians including Mathias Mpuuga, Masaka Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze of Mukono Municipality and FDC officials from Kampala are expected to attend the launch. In 2010, URA seized 500 copies of Dr. Kobusingye’s books at Entebbe airport for days. However, they released some copies of the book following wide spread condemnations from members of the public.
Published in Britain, the book explores what it is says was Museveni’s departure from his promises after he shot his way to power in 1986. The president pledged to restore respect for the rule of law, end profligacy of the political elite, punish corruption, and end nepotism and sectarianism.