While Ugandan opposition leader Col. Kiiza Besigye was busy battling the Ugandan police in Kampala over his walk to freedom protests, thousands of miles away, his son was meeting former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
The 13 year old Anselm Besigye who lives with his mother, former Mbarara Municipality MP Winnie Byanyima in the US met Albright at Women’s Leadership event in New York where he had accompanied the mom. Winnie is the Director for Gender at the United Nations.
An obviously star-struck Winnie, immediately tweeted the moment away: “Anselm, my 13 year old meets Secretary Albright, NDI Chair, at a Women’s Leadership event. Says he believes in equality.” End of tweet.
Albright who served U.S President Bill Clinton is the chairperson of the National Democratic Institute, a non profit, non partisan and non governmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than two decades. NDI, according to its web profile, has since its founding in 1983 strengthened political and civic organisations, safe guarded elections and promoted citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.
“With Anselm talking ‘equality,’ her father fighting for freedom back in Kampala, this could be the family to watch in the near future,” a Forum for Democratic Change ( FDC) party activist told Red Pepper Online.