The out-going mayor of Jinja municipality Al Hajji Mohamed Baswari Kezaala is a disgruntled man over the fate of Busoga sub region which he laments; lacks an advocate(s) to agitate for her plight.
Hajji Kezaala says that with the construction of the standard gauge railway between Uganda and Kenya, if Busoga would regain its past glory.
“Even the terminal for the ship on lake Victoria is located elsewhere in silted waters where the ship will not ably reach the lake shores instead of locating it in Jinja at the Rippon falls where waters are very clear and deep enough to enable the ship sail up to the shores” he said.
Kezaala who is also the national chairman of the opposition Democratic party was on Sunday addressing students at the hand-over ceremony of Basoga Nseete Jinja Joint Institutional students Association (BANJJISA) at Jinja town hall.
The association comprises 11 higher institutions of learning in and around Jinja including Makerere University, MUBS, Jinja Nursing School, International Institute of health Sciences, Malaria Laboratory training school, Jinja vocational Institute, St Eliza Nursing School, YMCA-Jinja, The Hotel and Tourism Training Institute, Njeru School of Clinical officer and Nile vocation institute.
Hajji Kezaala implored the students to develop passion and love for Busoga so as to use the available platforms to challenge their legislators who have misrepresented them.
Earlier, the former legislator for Kagoma County in Jinja district and a researcher Dr Frank Nabwiso who was the guest speaker noted that all legislators from Busoga are yes people who have no common agenda of their own to push to the central government.
“Unlike other regions, leaders from Busoga are always applauded for being calm, humble and obedient which is very good but in our perspective, they are praised because they don’t press and demand to the authorities.
This is also because they are not united enough to raise one voice, therefore if you merge like this at this level as students, I believe you can inculcate this good culture in our society
today and tomorrow” he said.
Yasin Waguma Ntembe, the hereditary chief of Butembe chiefdom in Busoga kingdom was the chief guest and emphasized the need for maintaining Kisoga morals among students.