Eng. John Nasasira, 63, decided not to participate in the 2016 general elections due to a leg fracture he is recovering from. The Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), who has represented Kazo County in Parliament since 1989, sustained the injury in a freak accident in June. HILARY BAINEMIGISHA had a chat with him at his home in Naguru
Was it really health reasons that forced you to pull out of the 2016 race?
Oh yes. But I had decided to retire as early as after the 2011 elections. But when I consulted stakeholders in the constituency, the people we thought would replace me and move Kazo forward at the pace we are used to, were uncomfortable leaving their businesses. So, my constituents turned back to me. I was asked to continue and I accepted. I am still popular. I am certain I was going to win with the usual landslide. Then this accident happened and I broke my leg. I was in India for a month. The second surgery will take place between September and October. So, I cannot be physically available in the constituency during the campaigns for National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries. Again, stakeholders came to see me. We met and they proposed to campaign for me using my pictures as I recover in Kampala, but I thought it was untenable. I did not pick nomination forms, but will be able to campaign for President Museveni and NRM after October.
Who are you nominating to replace you?
I cannot do that. People will decide. About f ve people have picked forms. I will not support any of them publicly. But whoever it is, we in Kazo want a strong NRM cadre who is loyal to the President and the party. We want someone who is committed to our unity and capable of lobbying for development.
What is your legacy as the MP in Kazo?
A lot! But, firstly, I will be happy to be remembered for creating and maintaining the unity in the constituency. Kazo is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious, but we refused to let that divide us. I worked for everybody. Today, we are an island of unity. Secondly, I did quite some good mobilisation to make the people understand what NRM is. Third is the development and transformation of Kazo. We moved from schools made of mud and wattle to those of brick and iron sheets in the whole constituency. There is hardly a school without a Nasasira iron sheet. Also, every sub-county has electricity. Kazo town council has piped water. I have boosted health and religious institutions. In 1989, Kazo had one road from Lyantonde to Ibanda. Today, every LC1 is linked by a road network and Kazo is linked to all neighbours.
Full interview in Saturday Vision