Remembering freedom fighter Dr Andrew Lutakome Kayiira

By Staff Writer

A rare photograph of Dr Andrew Kayiira addressing a rally in Uganda after the overthrow of Dr Milton Obote's government.
A rare photograph of Dr Andrew Kayiira addressing a rally in Uganda after the overthrow of Dr Milton Obote’s government.

On Thursday March 6, 2014 it will be 27 years since Uganda’s freedom fighter Dr Andrew Lutakome Kayiira was gunned down in the suburbs of Kampala while staying with a friend.

 Who killed him? Why did he die? Did he die in vain? These are the many questions that remain unanswered to this day. Buried in an obscure cemetery outside Kampala, his efforts to give his life for the freedom of others have all but been forgotten. His name is not mentioned when the country remembers its great freedom fighters. His family has all but been forgotten as others enjoy the fruits of his sweat.

The London Evening Post will be remembering him this Thursday and will dedicate all the day’s reports to his memory. We are inviting anybody anywhere in the world who would like to contribute to Dr Kayiira’s memory to send us an article not more than 2000 words in his memory. Whether that memory is good or bad, we will publish it. Whatever you knew about him, whether good or bad, will be posted. People of Half London on the outskirts of Kampala where he spent most of his last days, are encouraged to send in anything you remember about this great son of Uganda. The people of Boston, Massachusetts where he spent time during his exile days are also encouraged to send in what you remember about his days with you. Do you have a photo of him during that time? Email it to us for the Remembrance Day.

Our editor Henry Gombya in whose house Dr Kayiira was shot dead, will relive the moments the attack took place and what has happened to him and his family since. We invite all our readers to observe a minute’s silence at 1130pm Uganda time (2030 GMT) on Wednesday 5 March, 2014 to remember, wherever you may be in this world, the moment Dr Kayiira’s life was taken away from us.

Articles must be sent to: not later than Wednesday 5 March 2014. If anyone has any memorable photo they would like us to post regarding Dr Kayiira, we will appreciate them. He may have been taken away from us but we must never forget what he died for and what he stood for.

6 thoughts on “Remembering freedom fighter Dr Andrew Lutakome Kayiira

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:19 am

    R.I.P. Lutakome

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:44 am

    May the good Lord help us finish the race
    As we all pray and hope to witness the moment…..I miss my boss the late Dr.Andrew Lutakome Kayiira…..alot.But his blood is still here on someones hands..we all know who did it…..but for now we shall keep it to ourselves as we wait for the judgement day…..R.i.p Musawo……..signed Afande ensi egula milambo former bodyguard of the late Dr.Andrew Lutakome Kayiira.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:57 am

    He was a very kind man but with a strong heart. If he was around now not only Uganda but Buganda would be better

  • March 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    True that we have to commemorate his fall. But he did not go down alone. Many were killed and some survived like Kamya Mpiso who was shot in day light on Luwum Street. Friends took him to Mulago hospital where again was kidnapped by some goons, taken to the Mbuya Military Hospital and later transfered to Luzira where he spent many yrs with no charges!
    Surely, Kayiira is a fallen hero but he did not fall alone, just to be fair. I guess and think that we should also think of those who were gunned down with him.

    • March 4, 2014 at 12:10 am

      We agree with you Mr Makumbi. But let’s us begin with the leader and we can then come down to others below him. It is without any doubt that many Ugandans have given their lives for the future of their country, yet their efforts have never been remembered. They are also so many untold stories. That is why The London Evening Post is here; to bring those stories out, regardless of who is involved and on whatever side he or she belonged. This is your online newspaper where you are all free to express yourselves without fear or hindrance. Use it.

  • March 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    The Bible clears says that you ripe what you sow! Kayira was responsible for the death of a old Man who was a UPC chairman who was my uncle. Even Kasirye Gwanga confirmed that fact in the Monitor pulication.
    He didn’t take the advice of other freedom fighters that adviced him not to join the Tito Okello government. This did not please the NRM fighters. When they captured power Kayira thought he would be vice president or prime minister! Museveni was fair enough and offered him a post as enerny minister.


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