Members of Parliament have today, Tuesday 20th December 2016, paid tribute to the Late Hon. Mathias Birekeraawo Nsubuga for being a true democrat in his demeanour, and his political and personal life.
Hon. Mathias Nsubuga, a former MP for Bukoto South in the 8th and 9th Parliament and current Secretary General of the Democratic Party, passed away on Sunday 18th December, 2016 at Cadic Hospital, where he had been hospitalised and was undergoing treatment after suffering a major stroke on Friday 16th December, 2016.
The Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhankana Rugunda moved a Motion for Parliament to pay tribute to the Late Hon. Nsubuga during a special sitting of Parliament. He said that Hon. Nsubuga was a gallant gentleman who was a true democrat at heart.
“Being a democrat, Nsubuga was always willing to reach a peaceful consensus with those who had divergent political views and to work with everyone,” Dr. Rugunda said. He added that he met the Late Nsubuga on several occasions to discuss pertinent issues that affect the country.
Hon. Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of the Opposition seconded the Motion, saying that Nsubuga was a distinguished Ugandan and democrat who believed in ‘Truth and Justice’ as per the Democratic Party Motto, and in fairness for everyone.
Kiiza said that Nsubuga would speak on issues that affect the people on a national basis. “He would stand up in Parliament and speak on issues affecting people in Kasese, in Buganda and even in South Sudan; making him a true Pan-African Nationalist,” she said.
Kiiza added that the Late Nsubuga was a generous person who was always willing to help and that made him exceptional and a father for all.
Hon. Andrew Baryayanga (Indep. MP, Kabale Municipality) said that the Late Nsubuga was always preaching the spirit of democracy to everyone regardless of their political affiliation.
“He related with everybody not because of his Party affiliation, but rather the desire to forge a way forward for the benefit of the country,” Baryayanga said.
Hon. Margaret Muhanga said that the Late Nsubuga was an exemplary and diplomatic person, and indeed a true democrat.
“Hon. Nsubuga always advised me never to fight in politics, to always be firm and calm and follow your line without causing any trouble,” Muhanga said. She added that he had never taken part in any riot or disturbed any peace.
Hon. Jovah Kamateeka (NRM, Mitooma Woman) said that the Late Nsubuga was an avid human rights and good governance defender who did it with utmost humility. “He always believed in peaceful dialogue with those who disagreed with him,” Kamateeka said.
Hon. Muyanja Mbabali (NRM, Bukoto South) said that Hon. Nsubuga was a friendly opponent and was never biased.
“We always engaged in friendly dialogue despite the fact that we were political opponents and that is what made him a unique person,” Mbabali said. He added that the Late. Nsubuga was willing to put behind any political rivalry and differences and work towards development and well-being of the region he came from, and of the country.
A requiem mass will be held in memory of the Late Hon. Mathias Nsubuga tomorrow, Wednesday 21st December at 10 a.m. at Rubaga Cathedral. Thereafter, his body will be taken to his ancestral home in Manja village, Lwengo District where he will be buried on Thursday 22nd December 2016.