KAMPALA – A man, who participated in the six-day Bush War trek called “Africa Kwetu”, covering a distance of 195km, has said it exposed the reality of the ruling government.
The President alongside over 2000 people, walked and at some point drove before they concluded what government officials called “a historic march” that started from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District- the site of one of the fiercest battles between the National Resistance Army rebels and then-President Milton Obote’s troops.
But Daniel Lutaaya who participated in the trek, said it was a moment for Museveni to see that his government has done little to improve the economic conditions of the people.
“President Museveni did not trek the entire 195km and neither did we. We slept on top of the hills and I believe this was because of security reasons. We were under military law. On day one, we were given the rule book and whoever diverted from it, was brought back to line,” he said.
“While the NRA history was being shared, I saw soldiers crying. President Museveni was confronted by reality, people told him all their grievances. He says he is going to pass a directive for all legislators to hold consultative meetings with their constituencies to understand what is happening on ground,” he added.
During the trek, the President paid homage to the fallen comrades in the Bush War, met families of his fighters and reunited with senior citizens as well as the widows and other people who armor-plated the five- year struggle yet some languishing in poverty but have for years kept the hope alive.
Mr Museveni himself admitted that he had met people who needed help.
“Through this trek I have been able to relink with the widows of our departed comrades, and again personally reach out to those who harboured and supported us during the liberation struggle,” Mr Museveni said.