Bukenya, wife and guests cutting a cake. Photo by Juliet Lukwago

Former Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya has said that he will remember the year 2011 as the most challenging time in his life time.

Bukenya made the remarks after a holy mass that was led by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala at his home, Lwamata village, Kakiri sub-county in Wakiso District on Sunday.

He told the congregation that at his age, which he did not say, he had never dreamt of sleeping in Luzira prison. But, he was incarcerated there as a common thief.

Bukenya narrated as unbearable and nasty conditions he experienced in Luzira prison, saying it was the most challenging. However, he trusted in God, who he said saved him.

“After court ruled that I should go to Luzira Prison, I trembled and shivered greatly. I had nothing to do but to accept the situation, despite the fact that I was innocent,” he narrated.

He said he spent six days in a corner reciting the rosary, hoping that God would one day to his rescue adding that the situation needed a real believer.

At the same time, another challenge befell Bukenya when he was dislodged from Parliament on allegations of bribery of voters.

“I thank people of Busiro North for disproving the baseless allegations and also thank them for re-electing me with more support than before. I promise to serve them relentlessly so that they do not regret,” he said.

As Bukenya narrated his ordeal, many of his guests shed tears, but encouraged them to face their difficulties with determination and always trust in God.

He paid gratitude to the people who visited him in prison that included Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito-Lwanga and his team from Lubaga, Prince Wassajja, who represented the Kabaka of Buganda, Buganda ministers and many other individuals.

He said their visits made him strong and encouraged to endure the hardships although he could relapse in sulk after they had gone back and felt lonely.

By Juliet Lukwago, The New Vision

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