Sebalu: Ugandans don’t speak English


The ruling party suggests that there should be a debate to discuss the national language.

Appearing on NBS TV morning breeze programme Wednesday, NRM Taskforce spokesperson, Hon. Mike Sebalu, insisted there should be a national debate on what Uganda’s national language should be.

“Many Ugandans don’t speak English. It would be more meaningful if everyone tuned in for the debate he/she understands.”

He said there are no interpretation facilities and debates like the presidential live TV debate are limited by the fact that many Ugandans don’t speak/understand English.

“But it’s a good start.”

Hon. Sebalu said President Museveni never called the first presidential debate a ‘high school debate’ but rather, “he was reminiscing his school days”.

He said high level meetings are ongoing about the president’s attendance of second debate.

“Modalities are being worked out. There are arrangements to accommodate the debate. As a party, we are looking at harmonizing our programme to enable our [Museveni] candidate to attend.”

President Museveni didn’t fail to attend last debate, Sebalu said, explaining that the president only chose to stick to his campaign schedule.

“I don’t think his absence during last debate greatly affected his ratings.”

The fact that President Museveni didn’t attend the first debate doesn’t mean he looked down on it, he said.

“Debating is a cup of tea for Museveni. He is a good communicator who has even done this internationally. If he attends, he will share his experience.”

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