KANUNGU- The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has said the NRM government has maintained contact with all people that were instrumental in the liberation struggles and the claims that they were forgotten and are suffering are not true.
Speaking to Daily Monitor in Kanungu District on Monday during the burial of Sam Rutagarukayo Mutabazi, who was a Fronasa fighters’ contact in the early 1970s, Dr Rugunda said many of their comrades have been able to engage in private business with government support.
“Many people took advantage of the good environment the Movement has created to run their own businesses like farming, trade, manufacturing, education and precisely that is what the Movement would like them to do. And you call that neglect? That’s ridiculous,” Dr Rugunda, who represented President Museveni, said. He had been asked why some former allies of government are disgruntled and some have fallen out with it.
Last year, during the burial of John Nsheeka, who was also an NRA contact in Rukungiri District, the former Internal Security Organisation boss, Brig Henry Tumukunde, told mourners that many of their bush war collaborators had been neglected by the system they once served.
Dr Rugunda described the late Rutagarukayo as a strong reliable contact in the war that brought the current government to power and has been a consultant on governance and a strong cadre who wished well and victory to the Movement.
Rutagarukayo’s widow, the Rev Can Dorcus Mutabazi, said he had been battling diabetes for 27 years. He died last Saturday at Mbarara hospital due to multiple organ failure at the age of 73. He is survived by three children and eight grandchildren.