Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament who is also the leader of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine Sunday said that he advised the late Nasser Ntege Ssebagala not to contest as lord mayor in next year’s polls.
While addressing mourners during the burial of Ssebaggala in Kisaasi, Kampala, the NUP leader said he advised the ex-Kampala mayor not to contest for the position.
Ssebagala had visited Bobi Wine at Magere, near Kampala.
“I told him that it is you that taught us how to speak the truth and I also want to tell you the truth as well,” Bobi Wine said. “He told me that my ‘son, you [NUP] have brought all those candidates but feel like none of them had the plan for the ghetto like me. Why don’t I get the chance of carrying that [NUP party] card? So being my friend and elder, I told him that I feel you are worn out. ”
Before he died last week on Saturday, Ssebagala had expressed interest to contest for the position of Kampala Lord Mayor as a NUP flag bearer.
Ssebagala wasn’t able to make it to the vetting committee to be vetted after falling sick.
While he was still bedridden at the Kampala International Hospital, his younger brother and also Kawempe North legislator, Mr Latif Ssebagala Sengendo was endorsed by NUP vetting committee to run as the party’s flag bearer.
The Kawempe North MP beat musician-turned politician Mr Joseph Mayanja alias Chameleon to get NUP endorsement.
He later pulled out of the race, something that saw Kampala Woman MP, Ms Naggayi Nabilah Sempala get endorsed to carry the party flag.
Even when Ssebagala was bedridden, his son, Mr Abdul Gamel Nasser Sebaggala, who was in in-charge of political affairs in the family, said his father insisted on being vetted by NUP.
“Just two days before he died, he ordered me to bring his barber to work on him. I asked him why? And he told me that he was preparing for vetting. So, he asked me to liaise with NUP management to go to the hospital and vet him because the management of the hospital had cleared them to use the boardroom,” Mr Abdul Gamel Nasser said.
However, when the NUP leadership failed to make it to hospital, Ssebagala asked his family to organise a zoom meeting to vet him.
According to his son, when the Zoom vetting process failed Ssebagala asked his family members to forward his documents to the Electoral Commission and be registered as an independent candidate.