President Yoweri Museveni has broken his silence over Patrick Bitature’s currently assumed financial issues. Bitature has been both in and out of courts and the press over the debts he is presumed to have secured from the South Africa’s based moneylenders. Alluding to such woes for the first time in more than a year since the same first leaked, President Museveni used the assassination of Bitature Senior to affirm that the son possess in his DNA, what it takes to turn the tide against the currently raging storm.
Such was the inspiring courage as exhibited by Bitature, in light of the harrowing assassination of his dad by former Uganda’s dictator Idi Amin Dada and, at such a tender age, the same makes the current President to firmly believe that the adult in Bitature is capable of handling such challenges as the tough business world would once in a while throw at him. A young Bitature and uncharacteristically of teenagers of his age, is known to have quickly ovecame the predicament of the death of his dad and incredibly saw in the same, an opportunity which he inspiringly grabbed with both hands to equally and quickly launch himself into the murky waters of business.
It is for bearing in mind the foregoing experience that the President now argues, the enterprenuer is steeled enough to be able to square off with, and even prevail over and above the instant financial issues and, without the same, necessarily sinking him. Museveni’s own amazing resilience and courageous story come in handy.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa, the son of the deceased Mzee Amos Kaguta, formerly of Nyabushozi, is the best preacher of resilience and courage that there is currently as he himself has lived and seen it all.Museveni was first introduced to the necessity of resilience and courage in life during his Ntare High School days in the sunset of the 1960’s. This was when the determined high school student first smelt acts of inequalities, injustice and dictatorship in the country’s national leaders and, henceforth, vowed to make it his priority to fight and stop such excesses.
The budding politician would subsequently make the long as well as tidiest journey to Mozambique to ask the Frelimo guerrillas to equip him with the necessary skills to use to get rid of the dictatorship of Idi Amin first and foremost, and later on, the juntas of Apollo Milton Obote as well as Gen Okello Lutwa. Before he could finally land his cherished dream of State power in January 1986, Museveni had fought for a period spanning over four decades. The same, including the much more publicized five years the current President would later on, spend fighting Obote and Okello Lutwa, from the centrally located Buganda’s Luweero jungles.
Whereas Bitature’s instant financial issues had proved like kind of insurmountable to the majority of Ugandans, the man himself battled with varlor to turn the tables over his creditors. Such is the position currently, following the suspension of the process of disposing of Bitature’s collaterals estimated at hundreds of billions of shillings. Yet the estranged financial backers had appeared to have finally landed the opportunity to sell off the collaterals as commercial court’s head, Justice Stephen Mubiru’s previously issued order had paved the way for such a process. But amidst such kind of uncertainty and fear, Bitature would now move fast and actually manage to turn the tables over the auction.
He would achieve such profoundly feat by securing a stop-gap measure over the process from the appeals court’s Justice Gashibarake. As if on cue and for the first time ever to express himself over Bitature’s current round of straits, the President during the launching of Protea’s Skyz View Hotel, backed the Simba Group’s boss to survive the same. The beauty-to-behold leisurely facility, sits atop the high-end Naguru Hill. As it takes full advantage of the equally advantageous apex scenery, to generously beckon all and sundry, to drop by and partake of it’s remarkable services.
Bitature himself had before the President had hinted on the same, divulged of how he had used the death of his father to cross to Kenya to engage in the smuggling of essential commodities which were scarse during Amin’s times. “I was venturing into smuggling in order to get sugar and other needs for my siblings and mum but which essential commodities were lacking at home in the absence of my slain father,” Bitature made known as he offered pieces of life inspiring tips to the just graduated as well as former students of the Makerere University’s Business School (MUBS)
But despite the fact that he had started out as a small time smuggler out of the compelling necessity to fend for his widowed mum and siblings, he has since and inspiringly so, ventured into the business of telephony, oil, energy, real estate and hotels. Drawing from such courage as exhibited by the relatively youngish Patrick Bitature, Museveni submits that he has no doubt that the enterprenuer is steeled enough to face the tougher challenges which the world would now and then end up throwing at him and to even outlive them.
Bitature had before Museveni’s own remarks in regards to his presumably current troubles, stepped out and told the world that the same didn’t mean that his fate had been sealed. “From the wings of the current storm, a bright day is one day surely going to emerge,” he told the country at the height of his troubles with the South African money lenders. About the subject matter in respect of the launching of the Protea Naguru Skyz View Hotel, Museveni glowingly appreciated Bitature and such other development-minded Ugandans for making use of the peace he and his fellow combatants ushered in to make wealth.
Museveni equated the peace currently prevailing in the country, to the rain God generously dispenses out to the world now and then and right up there from the Heavens. Whereas such rain is free for all to make use of it to grow food, the President noted, a few people tap into it (okulembeka) and prosper and the rest negligently look on and suffer. Bitature spoke highly of the peace ushered in by the President. He thankfully noted that such peace has enabled him and many others to invest in their motherland and to develop the same plus their families as well as countrymen and women. As for the hotel that was being launched by the president, Bitature equated it to the baby that is born without a name and later taken to the church for baptism.
- Mr. Stephen Kasozi Muwambi is a seasoned crime investigative writer, majoring in judicial-based stories. His two decades’ experience as a senior investigative journalist has made him one of the best to reckon on in Uganda. He can also be reached via [email protected]
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