Monday, April 7, 2014
Abbo Suzan: Blessed in Heaven, Favoured on Earth
By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
On Friday, 4 April, 2014, a total of 208 lawyers graduated from the Law Development Centre, Kampala. They are now eligible to enrol as advocates of the High Court of Uganda. I wish all graduates happy and fruitful legal careers. I call upon them to always do justice to all manner of people, without fear or favour, remembering to let justice flow like a river and righteousness like a stream that never goes dry. One of the graduands was Ms Abbo Suzan, a former Guild President of Makerere University, in the 2007-2008 academic year.
I was privileged to attend her graduation party, which was held at her church, Life Victory Ministries – Nansana. The church is a powerful place of worship, led by two able ministers of God, Bishop Isaac Ssebaduka and his wife, Reverend Gloria Namagembe. It is at this place and with these people that Ms Abbo received revelation of her forthcoming victory in LDC exams and generally her rise to success and glory, in spite of the huge challenges she faced at the time. Bishop Ssebaduka said that he received a vision of someone extraordinary among them; one who was different from the rest. God showed him who this person was; and it was Ms Abbo. He went on to prophesy greatness on the young lady.
This has come to pass, because ever since Ms Abbo was spotted by Mr Abdullah Kitaata, the patron of Boda Boda riders (i.e. commercial motorcyclists) in Uganda, who was also the guest of honour, she has experienced favour after favour. Mr Kitaata is a fine gentleman, with a golden heart and magical hands. Hardly does what he touches fail. It was him who “discovered” Ms Abbo’s full intellectual and political potential, after he had a brief discussion with her and was ‘impressed by this young girl’ and immediately introduced her to the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, with a proposal that Ms Abbo be recommended to President Museveni for appointment as mobilizer in the Ministry of Mobilization. After meeting her at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district, President Museveni was also impressed by Ms Abbo’s intelligence and gave her more than was expected and perhaps bargained for, by appointing her as his Private Secretary for Investments.
Reverend Namagembe said that Ms Abbo’s name is an acronym, standing for the following in heaven: S – Spiritually; U – Unified; Z – Zealously; A – Appointed; N – to Nest. She explained that, ‘Suzan is going to uplift many people.’ We thank God and look forward to this. I am aware that Ms Abbo, is a kind and generous person and so I believe she will remember many in her queendom. Uganda needs young and energetic people, with the vision to lead others to the promised land of peace and prosperity. Ms Abbo is fortunately blessed in heaven and favoured on earth and she will be one of these people. In her legal career, this will be done through the soon-to-be established law firm, Abbo, Arinaitwe & Co. Advocates that she announced would be formed with herself and her fellow graduand, Mr Arinaitwe Robert, who flanked her throughout the occasion, as partners. Mr Kitaata promised to finance this enterprise. Already swimming in deep waters, Ms Abbo is headed for deeper ones.
Meanwhile, the function also doubled as a birthday party for Ms Abbo’s mother, Namugeere Merab Owori, who turned 65 years on the same day. It was a secretly organized ceremony, arranged without the knowledge of the old lady, disguised under the cover of a graduation party. This was the first ever birthday cake she cut and ate in her life. For a woman who sacrificed everything, for her children, of who Ms Abbo is the second born, it was a deserved and pleasant surprise. Madam Namugeere is a focussed lady who worked very hard and gave up the usual comforts and pleasures of life, just to satisfy her children’s basic necessities, like paying school fees and providing other vital needs. Fortunately, however, as I write (and you read) this, Madam Namugeere lives like a queen. Her children, led by Ms Abbo, have since turned her fortunes around. She resides up-country in a tile-roofed house, complete with electricity and other key amenities. The lady who had long given up on sleep, able to hear noises and sounds many miles away in the middle of the night, right now sleeps so comfortably that she cannot even hear a phone ringing as early as 10:00 pm. Glory be to God.