President Yoweri Museveni’s Private Secretary for Secretarial duties, Maj Edith Nakalema, has written back to Justice James Ogoola, the chairperson organising committee of the presidential debate 2016, apologising for the blundering letter that has been shaking the nation since Saturday.
In a letter dated January 13, 2015 sought to explain why President Museveni had opted out of the debate but instead told the Justice that Museveni would attend.
“Unfortunately, it arrived after our candidate’s campaign schedule had been drawn. Secondly and most importantly he realised that the majority of our voters may not be able to watch the debate.”
“Consequently, he had to weigh the two either cutting down his schedule which includes addressing four rallies a day and reaching every constituency in the country or reaching only a segment of our society through the T.V debate on this one day. He opted for the latter.”
“He opted for the latter”, according to Arinaitwe Rugyendo, Red Pepper director and Pan-Afrikan Journalist, meant that Museveni opted to attend the debate yet on Friday, Museveni was addressing rallies in Bushenyi after which he met NRM Women’s League at his Rwakitura home.
The letter has caused enough damage already, including fooling Justice Ogoola into inviting candidate Kizza Besigye in belief that Museveni was attending the debate.
However, Maj Nakalema realised that although the debate had already passed, it was not too late for her to eat a humble pie and apologise.
In a new letter dated January 16, the President’s secretary humbly wrote back to Ogoola seeking to be pardoned.
“Reference is made to my earlier communication dated 13th January, 2016, regarding the presidential debate held on 15 January, 2016.”
“Please accept my sincere apologies for the anomaly in that letter,” the Major, formerly attached to the Special Forces Command that guards the president, wrote.
“Herewith attached is a corrected copy of the same.”
In her “corrected” copy, Nakalema just changed from “latter” to “former”.
The apology letter is dated January 16, but the “new letter” which she says is a “corrected version” is still dated January 13, 2016.