By Henry D Gombya
This weekend, The London Evening Post will publish a special commemoration to mark the assassination of Dr Andrew Lutakome Kayiira on March 6, 1987, on the orders of President Yoweri Museveni, according to Gen David Sejusa, the former Ugandan chief of military intelligence who revealed this during a meeting with this writer and other journalists in a West London hotel during his one-year self-imposed exile in London that ended just over a year ago.
While yours truly has no doubt that the murder of Kayiira could not have taken place without the knowledge of the Ugandan leader, many who doubted he was capable of carrying out such a merciless assassination may now be looking back and starting to wonder whether from the start they knew who this man who has made history as the longest serving Ugandan leader, really is. If anyone had any doubt about Museveni’s intentions, the latest blatant rigging of the Ugandan election may have changed their minds, especially the brutal way in which the person many now believe was the rightful winner of the elections, Dr Kizza Besigye, was and still is being treated by Ugandan security forces on the orders of, you know who.
This writer is not ashamed to admit that, like many other Ugandans, yours truly strongly believed Museveni was the answer to the problems that the country faced under the leadership of Dr Milton Obote and Gen Idi Amin. But while everyone knew where Dr Obote was born, (Akokoro in Lango District) and there are those who can give evidence of having seen him grow up there, play with village boys and engage in games such as hide and seek, games that all of us have played and can remember those we played them with, it is strange that there is still a lot of mystery surrounding where Museveni was born, who he played with and what village life he shared and with whom.