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Mukasa Mbidde on why he uses ‘hard’ English words

Mukasa Mbidde

Hon Mukasa Mbidde. Photo by Moses Muwulya

“The mortification, ignominious and discomfiturous villification of Hon Simeo Nsubuga at Mubende pursuant to his non composmentis resolve for axiomatic undergird to lifting of the age limit crusade cum mere jabberwocky, portends his political antequam nascantur morientum (still birth)”

Those were the words of Hon Fred Mukasa Mbidde upon the attack of Kassanda South Member of Parliament, Mr Semeo Nsubuga before Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi in Mubende District in 2015.

Mukasa Mbidde’s quotes have always drawn attention thanks to his colorful and showoff way of using the queen’s language. No Mukasa Mbidde quote is complete without bombastic English words that will have you running to your dictionary for help.

His quotes have trended on social media, even more than President Museveni’s, especially when responding to pertinent matters in Uganda. Some have labelled him a show off who only wants to prove that he knows English.

The East African Legislative Assembly MP has finally come up to defend his said hard English

“People say I speak hard English and castigate me for not being a good communicator, but I want to tell you that I did a bachelor in Mass Communication at Makerere University, and we were only 60 students doing the course,” he narrated.

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Mbidde says the course then had few students because one could not qualify for the course without a B in literature.

“I use such language thinking that it is easily understood by any one. I say because I went to local schools in Masaka and the language I use would be easily understood by any one,” he says.

The smartness addict said those who don’t understand what he says should forgive him and suffer locally.

Mbidde was speaking before journalists in greater Masaka. He challenged journalists to read extensively if they want to be useful to their audience, lest they become useless to society.

“You are the giraffe that looks far and when a giraffe runs, all the animals will run. Therefore be informed and read,” Mbidde stressed.

He urged them to read hard saying it is the only way they can brave the biting social media, which is currently threatening events journalism.

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