By Independent Reporters
Members of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) chapter in the USA spent what was supposed be a gala evening crestfallen when President Yoweri Museveni cancelled his attendance at the last minute.
Museveni’s absence however did not deter some Ugandans from holding placards and demonstrating for most of the day in front of the venue, the Marriot hotel in Boston.
The demonstrators, who repeated accusations against the government as those leveled against the government in New York last week accused the NRM of corruption, election rigging, and tribalism.
The demonstrators, who included Christine Kaluma, former head of the Youth Desk at the NRM secretariat, claimed that they were renouncing their support for Museveni over his recent blocking of the Kabaka of Buganda from travelling to Kayunga-Bugerere, one of the 18 counties of his kingdom.
”When one attacks the kabaka all baganda are attacked,’ said Dr Dan Nvule, ”the continued abuse of human rights in Uganda cannot allow any Ugandan with a conscious to seat back and ignore the situation.’
”As a journalist I cannot seat by and just watch as terror is meted out on fellow journalist,’ said Charles Muvawala, a Uganda Radio Journalist living in Boston.
He revealed that, together with other Ugandans in the Diaspora, they were planning to revamp an Internet based Radio, Radio Uganda USA.
Museveni’s government has shut down at least five FM radio stations, including the voice of Buganda kingdom ‘” CBS Radio ‘” for allegedly inciting listeners during the recent riots.
The Ugandans later gathered in the center of Boston for a brief rally. The chairman Of Gwanga Mujje-Boston, a Baganda group, announced that Baganda will hold a two day conference in Boston on October 17-18 to discuss Buganda’s concerns.
Meanwhile, the NRM Gala meeting was attended by a handful of mainly members of the Uganda’s diplomatic service employees and a few local NRM supporters.