By Nkonge Ismail Kaggwa – Kampala, Uganda
The leader of one of Uganda’s main opposition political parties, the Democratic Party (DP) has told The London Evening Post that President Yoweri Museveni had nothing to do with the killing 27 years ago of former Ugandan Minister of Energy, Dr Lutakome Andrew Kayiira who was gunned down while staying with Henry Gombya, then BBC Kampala correspondent.
Approached to take part in remembering 27 years since Dr Kayiira was killed, DP President General Nobert Mao blurted out that his predecessor Dr Paulo Kawanga Ssemogerere and the former leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Dr Kizza Besigye have ‘an in-depth knowledge’ of what took place and are yet to come out to speak about the matter.
At the time of the killing, Dr Ssemogerere was Internal Affairs Minister and was originally handed the duty of finding out the culprits. Reminded of what Mr Mao said, Gombya who is currently the Managing Editor of The London Evening Post said it was true that Dr Ssemogerere was in charge and had even offered him (Gombya) a police guard after the incident. But he said that shortly before he left the country for London, he had gone to see Dr Ssemogerere at his home where he told him that the task of investigating Dr Kayiira’s death had been taken away from him by President Museveni and handed over to his then deputy, Dr Kizza Besigye who was at that time Minister of State for Internal Affairs.