Who is Matsiko Dan?
Dan Matsiko is a Ugandan born in Kashogashoga, Rubingo , Kitwe parish Kyeizooba sub county in Igara East constituency, Rwentuha town council – Bushenyi district.
Dan Matsiko is the former Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) Party Presidential Candidate in 2017. He is the former FDC senior External Mobiliser and spokesperson from the First FDC Party External Chapter in Southern Africa countries based in Pretoria -Johannesburg, South Africa. Dan Matsiko is also a founder board member of Uganda Civil Alliance Network (UCAN) based in the Diaspora and he served as the UCAN Freedom Youth Coordinator while in exile in South Africa. Dan Matsiko worked as the senior Credit Sales Consultant and Manager with South African National Credit providers like Bridge finance Company and SA Loans company which was affiliated to ABSA bank limited South Africa.
Before Matsiko Dan returned to Uganda for good, he was the serving Chairman of Association of Ugandans living and working in Southern African Countries (AUSA) , The Ugandan community in South Africa 2010- 2015.
Dan Matsiko is also the founder member and current national leader of The New Form of Thinking (NFT) Uganda.
NFT-Uganda is a political Pressure group created in 2015 to champion good governance, rule of law and constitutionalism underpinned by respect for human rights and development in the country , Uganda .
Mr. Matsiko Dan is the son of a former coffee buyer, trained Agriculture extension officer ,employee of The defunct Coffee Marketing Board (CMB) at Bugolobi – Kampala, Church of Uganda (COU) Reverend. Canon late Alfred Ruhonoka Batesaki (My Biological father) and late Mrs. Joy Sanyu Batesaki (Biological Mother) of Kashogàshoga Village Local Council one (LC1). Matsiko Dan joined Makerere University 1998/1999 academic intake admitted to study Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) majoring in Economics, Political Science and Sociology, a three year course study. Earlier Dan Matsiko completed his national diploma in in Business Education(BUSED) at Nkozi National Teachers’ College, Mpigi district, attended Kampala Senior Secondary School (UACE 1998), Old Kampala senior secondary school , St. Peters’ Secondary School Nsambya (UCE), Ruyonza school Bushenyi, Ntindà Primary school- next to UNEB headquarters in Kampala, Nyamitooma primary School, Bumbaire Primary School, Kamayiba Primary school near Kilembe copper mine in Kàsese, Rubingo Primary school (PLE) – Bushenyi.
Then Dan Matsiko while studying actively participated in both University students’ leadership and national politics at the time seeking for political & social reforms. While in second year at the University studying he was one of the university students that joined Elect Col. retired Dr.Kizza Besigye national task force housed at Crest House Building Opposite Uganda Railways Corporation in 2000-2001 elections as a student leader and national Coordinator in central region.
Dan Matsiko worked closely with Mr. Byamukama, Amanda Magambo, Major Okwir Rwabooni, Major Salambwa, Mr. Tumushabe Joseph-(research desk), Mr. Frank Byaruhanga (National mobilisation desk), late James Opoka( Former Guild President of Makerere University), Lawyer Yusuf Nsibambi (Legal Reform Agenda),late Owekitibwa Kamala Kanamwanje (Education minister- Buganda Kingdom), Late National Coordinator Reform Agenda Louis Otiika, Anthony Byanyima, Hon.Winnie Babihuga, Hon.Winnie Byanyima and many others in setting up the initial office of Reform Now that later came to be known as Reform Agenda post 2001 in Kampala at Crest House and nationwide.
As a student leader, my prime role was to reach out to majority students in all Universities and colleges in this country. Our mobilisation work took us to all key institutions of higher learning relaying the message of Reform Now and campaigning for our national leader and presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye. During that national campaign, apart from Makerere University, we moved to Mbale Islamic University, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, NTCs Kyambogo , Mubende, Nkozi , Muni, Kakoba Mbarara, Kabale and others influencing students to support and vote Presidential candidate Dr.Kizza Besigye in 2001 elections.
The 2000/2001 elections in Uganda seriously interrupted many scholars, families, lives of active Ugandans who welcomed and campaigned for the Reform Agenda presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye. Dan Matsiko’s degree course was also abruptly halted by the brutal and hostile reaction from the government of Yoweri Museveni at the time. Many reform cadres were arrested, detained without trial, some were held incommunicado in safe(torture) houses, a good number of our comrades were killed by the security forces during and after elections that were marred by deadly violence and harassment of political opponents plus supporters.
After 2001, life in Uganda for majority young and old pro democracy activists was made unbearable by the Yoweri Museveni NRM regime.
Many of my contemporaries, 20 years ago were labelled People’s Redemption Army (PRA) rebels and hunted down like wild animals. My life was saved by the Reform Agenda Research guru- coordinator and former Makerere University Senior lecturer Mr.Joseph Tumushabe using Reform Agenda contact at the ministry of internal affairs of Uganda : immigration office after the violent elections, we tried to evade brutal security raids at our known and unknown residences .
Prior to elections, we were ambushed by armed gunmen ( CMI soldiers) in Kampala city and thank God we survived the assassination attempt but with serious wounds from the assassination attempt and serious beatings. Our mobilisation chief Frank Byaruhanga ( Currently living in Texas in the US) was arrested and many of us taken to safe(torture) houses. I was one of the lucky ones to be released without trial and set free but very traumatized after being tortured for my political belief in Reform Agenda programmes . The immediate and safest way was to flee into exile for dear life . I quickly called Mr. Joseph Tumushabe and he linked me to the ministry of internal affairs Reform Agenda contact person Mr. Karekyezi, I think Mr.Karekyezi was the Passport Control Officer at the time and I quickly applied for my passport in mid 2002 got it late the same year .
I left the country through Malaba border point to Nairobi , where I lived for a few months but Kenya became too unsafe as several disappearances and killings of renegade Ugandans was very common.
While in Nairobi, I joined the Reform Agenda External wing and I was deployed as an envoy
and mandated to travel to Zanzibar, Zambia , Botswana, South Africa and Angola to coordinate and create chapters of Reform Agenda the very nucleus of FDC party in 2005. I returned just a few months to 2006 elections to Uganda to actively be part of the of the struggle for democracy here through the ballot. After 2006 election, which again had a lot of malpractices, I had unfinished business of mobilisation abroad so they made me to return into exile and this time it was to ensure the new party FDC we created in 2004/2005 ahead of 2006 grows externally.
Majority of Reform cadres and supporters took up membership of the new FDC party and we got almost 60 members of Parliament there by becoming the Official opposition party since 2006 todate. We worked extremely hard fundraising for FDC abroad moving from country to country meeting diaspora Ugandans and in 2010, I again came back with Ms Sentabire Winnie in the country to represent the Diaspora community in the 2011 general elections . The election results were not free and fair and in 2012 , I joined comrade Jawal Masaba of Canada and we formed Friends of Uganda (FOU) 2012. We did alot of global mobilisation abroad and even appeared severally in global or international media houses and publications like The Pretoria newspaper, The sowetan newspaper, The citizen newspaper .co.za and others like BBC, SABC, SAfm , London Evening news(post) , The American Blackstar news paper and Austrarian newspapers , etc…. Google Dan Malcom Matsiko and others.
Our struggle activities were coordinated by Ugandans At Heart Community (UAH) platform . I was based in South Africa but traversing the world fundraising and mobilising diaspora Ugandans. In 2014, I called all my close comrades and friends for a birthday party , the meeting was in a Pretoria hotel conference hall and I boldly told them that my decision to return to Uganda for good was irreversible. Many resisted the decision bitterly and told me to first write my death will before thinking of returning to Uganda under Yoweri Museveni. I agreed to write the will but insisted on coming back to Uganda and be part of the broader solution to the thorny challenges of our motherland . I finally bid farewell to exile life , friends , comrades and came to Uganda in 2015 to politically take on and challenge using the ballot the military bush war generals both in the FDC political party and in the ruling party NRM.
In 2016, I attempted to challenge the four bush warlords, Yoweri Museveni, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, Gregory Mugisha Muntu and Dr. Warren Kizza Besigye but the Museveni controlled 9th parliament passed late presidential and parliamentary laws making it extremely harder for new comers to contest on a level playing field in the 2016 February general elections.
My promoters and supporters held a meeting and advised that we should join FDC’s party flag bearer Dr.Kizza Besigye and bolster his campaign for Presidency . I did heed to their advice and withdrew my candidature for the FDC’s presidential candidate and flag bearer Dr. Kizza Besigye .
We called upon all our supporters to rally behind Dr. Kizza Besigye but he failed to translate the massive votes into victory by taking state power after the polls.
In 2017, I and two other contenders got nominated by the FDC Party national electoral commission as party Presidential candidates and we traversed the whole country calling for the then Party leader an ex army chief and former bush warlord Major Gen. Mugisha Muntu to be denied a second term as FDC party CEO. The 7th FDC national conference delegates affirmatively answered our clarion call. We finally had our mission accomplished at Namboole sports stadium. Surprisingly , still the victory team ( Team Amuriat /Besigye) chose to fall in the very trap of previous FDC Presidents. In- active leadership and elitist leadership style have since forced us to consult, listen and seek the views and aspirations of Ugandans . The process that has since led Matsiko Dan to offer a better political narrative ( NFT-Uganda ) in the impending 2021 presidential elections.
Dan Matsiko is number 29 on the register of EC cleared Presidential contenders and my election key message in my manifesto is premised on Operation Restore Sanity in the System (ORSS) throughout the country 2021. Welcome to the Thirty (30) point program writeup that outlines what Dan Matsiko will do for Ugandans once mandated to lead the country as President by majority Ugandan voters.
Dan Matsiko , the sanity Presidential hopeful of Uganda 2021-2026.
From May 11, 2021 -currently Mr.Dan Matsiko became the legitimate promoter and first party leader of National Thinkers (NT) party in Uganda as the new party was officially given a stamp of approval by Electoral Commission to consult Ugandans for meaningful change and sustainable development underpinned by human rights and democracy. Nationalism and Inclusivity plus pan Afrikanism credentials are the main core principles of our party. Welcome to NT party dear members from now going forward.
I thank you.
For God and my country.