Amin Era Soldier Faces Murder Charge
Another soldier of the defunct Uganda Army Sgt. Mohamed Anyure, was on Thursday charged with the 1972 murder of Eliphaz Laki, the former county chief of Ibanda, Mbarara, reports Hillary Kiirya.
Anyure is the third soldier to be charged with the murder. The others were Amin's former army chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Yusuf Gowon, and his bodyguard, Nursur Gille.
Anyure, who was arrested last week, was remanded in Luzira on Thursday. Gowon, however, was granted bail on 18 June due to illness, including high blood pressure. He is to re-appear in court on July 12 for mention. Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Joyce Namubiru told the accused to apply to the High Court for bail.
The prosecutor, Miriam Akite, said Anyure, Gowon and Gille, murdered Laki at his county office in Ibanda. in Mabarara district. The hearing was adjourned to July 12 when he also re-appears in court.
Ex-Dictator Builds New House In Uganda
KAMPALA, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Former dictator Idi Amin, who has lived in exile in Saudi Arabia since his 1979 downfall, is building a house in his home village in Uganda for some of his 48 children, the Sunday Vision newspaper reported on Sunday.
"He is encouraging his children to come back to Uganda to learn their roots," the government-owned newspaper quoted a source in Amin's family as saying.
There was no suggestion in the story that Amin, now in his mid-70s, was planning to return home but it added that he wanted to make unspecified investments in Uganda.
"He would have wanted to come home, but he is glad his children can be comfortable here," the source was quoted as saying.
The newspaper printed a photograph of a large bungalow in the northwest town of Arua that it said would serve as a guest wing to the main house, which had yet to be completed.
Although Amin is in effect banned, his relatives are free to come and go from Uganda and several of his children live and work in the country. Many Ugandans believe Amin would be tried for crimes committed under his despotic 1971-79 rule if he sought to return.
"He intends to reassemble his clan so that they do not have to drift to all corners of the world," the newspaper said.
It added in an editorial: "For all his crimes against the people of Uganda, Idi Amin, who has not been home for 22 years, is also convinced that the country is safe and everybody's property and investment, even his, is safe."
Amin, a former boxing champion who once expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler, was denounced both inside and outside Africa for ordering the massacre of tens of thousands of people -- with some estimates putting the figure at more than 100,000.
His rule ended ignominiously in 1979 when he was driven from his country by Tanzanian forces and Ugandan exiles. A Moslem, he was given sanctuary by Saudi Arabia in the name of Islamic charity, and has lived quietly in Jeddah on a government stipend with four wives.
Amin's Son Fails in Polls Bid
Musoke, popularly known as "mayor omuto" (young mayor) garnered 3,937 votes (39.7%) relegating Ali Kirunda Amin who got 3,684 votes and the outgoing mayor Ebrahim Nyombi (1684 votes) to the second and third positions respectively.
The other two candidates, Frank Mugabo and Francis Ssenabulya finished in the fourth and fifth position respectively. Mugabo got 338 votes or 4.2% while Senabulya scored 76 votes (0.8%).
Most polling stations had results declared as late as 11.00pm after voting started late afternoon
On Saturday, voting for councillorship was in some stations marred by missing ballot papers, the supervisor for Njeru, Mr. Robert Tayitika told The New Vision.
Idi Amin's Relative Jailed Over Land Fraud
EXILED former president Idi Amin's sister in-law was yesterday convicted over land fraud and sentenced to two years imprisonment at Luzira prison. The elderly and frail Zaituni Nakamya Kimbowa was found guilty of stealing land from Amin's wife Madina Najjemba Kimbowa, who was the complainant in the case.
Najjemba reportedly left Nakamya in charge of her land when she fled Uganda to Zaire (DR Congo) after the 1979 liberation war which ousted Amin.
Nakamya pleaded for lenience, saying she sold the land because she was broke and yet Najjemba had left her with her two children. Nakamya reportedly stole Najjemba's land tittle for Kyandondo block
208, plot numbers 884, 1133, 1258 in Kawempe.
Museveni to Mark Amin Fall in Style
Government will this year organise a big function to mark the day former President Id Amin was toppled, President Yoweri Museveni has announced.
The same day, which is April 11, will also be used to remember former Tanzanian President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere who committed the resources and soldiers of his country to fighting Amin.
Museveni made the remarks Jan. 26 while officiating at the 16th National Resistance Army (Movement) victory anniversary at Kololo Airstrip.
He described Nyerere as a senior mentor who gave Ugandans entandikwa (start up capital) in politics.
Museveni said that if Amin's horrendous economic mistakes were not real one would imagine that they were fiction.
He said the regimes of Milton Obote, Amin and late Tito Okello Lutwa killed up to 800,000 Ugandans. He also accused the regimes of not having spared even animals.
Talking about the Karimojong problem, Museveni said government has been able to collect 6,720 guns from the warriors.
"These guns were in the hands of these people you saw here dancing," Museveni said.
State Minister for Karamoja Peter Aimat Lokeris joined four groups from Karamoja to entertain Museveni at Kololo. "NRM is going to liberate Karimojong and the regions of Teso and Acholi from illegal guns," he said.
Uganda to Celebrate April 14 Holiday
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - For the first time since dictator Idi Amin was ousted in 1979, Uganda will officially celebrate his downfall on April 14, a government spokesman said Tuesday.
"It was decided that the overthrow of Idi Amin be given the necessary attention,"said Moses Byaruhanga, President Yoweri Museveni's political secretary. He said the Cabinet had reached the decision last year but hadn't managed to organize the event until now.
Although Byaruhanga said he was unsure why Amin's downfall had never been celebrated before, the government recently has been trying to promote unity and stability by encouraging all parts of the country to condemn Amin's violent era.
Amin, a noncommissioned officer in the Ugandan Army, seized power in 1971 when President Milton Obote was attending an international summit.
He expelled tens of thousands of people of Indian origin, declared himself president-for-life and sent paramilitary squads to kill real and imagined enemies. Human rights groups estimate at least 400,000 people were killed during his eight-year rule.
Armed exiles removed Amin from power with the help of the Tanzanian army in April 1979. Amin has been living in exile in Saudi Arabia ever since.
"We had been overlooking the removal of Amin," Byaruhanga said in a telephone interview. "I cannot explain why, but the event will now be annual."
The April 14 function will include a military parade and speeches and will be presided over by Museveni, Byaruhanga said.
Museveni lost out to Obote in presidential elections in 1980. Obote's second administration was considered as bloody as Amin's, and he was overthrown in 1986. Museveni was elected president in 1996 and was re-elected last year.
Amin's Torture Island Being Sold At Over Shs 900m
Mukusu Island, an attractive nine-hectare stretch of land with great scenery on Lake Victoria, formerly owned by exiled Dictator Idi Amin is up for sale at $540,000 (about Shs970m.)
Idi Amin once used the Island as a combined holiday home and torture camp.
The Telegraph of London reported Friday that 23 years after the end of Amin's brutal eight-year dictatorship, Mukusu has been put on the market to boost tourism and shed once and for all the stigma of its association with "Africa's Adolf Hitler".
Tim Cooper, a British businessman who is marketing the island for its owner, Kabaka Ronald Mutebi II of Buganda, admitted that Amin reportedly kept a fridge full of his victims' heads at his beach house.
"For some people I'm sure the association would be rather off-putting. But there are others who might find it rather fascinating," Mr Cooper said.
The island, surrounded by the crocodile-infested waters of Lake Victoria, is being marketed as a perfect site for a luxury hotel or a tycoon's holiday home. But Paradise Island, as it was called by Amin, still bears the scars of his occupation. Henry Kabwogo, 49, a fisherman who lives in a wooden shack on the island's main beach, recalled how during his fishing trips he would often see bodies bobbing in the lake, dumped from the shore by Amin's henchmen. "Amin was a terrible man, a savage. He came here for holidays, but even then he killed and tortured plenty of people," he said, nodding towards the foundations of a former guest cottage, which he described as "the torture place".
"When I was fishing I would see many bodies, sometimes just parts of bodies, in the lake. They were enemies of Amin and so he killed them. Then the crocodiles would eat them."
The brick shell of the Amin's former beach home is now a makeshift school for the children of the fishermen's shanty village. On the walls where fine pictures once hung, a weathered blackboard is propped.
By night the building shelters the island's small herd of cattle.
Amin's thirst for violence and death was boundless. During his years in power tens of thousands of personal and political enemies suffered unspeakable brutality.
Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere, the MP for Igara who went into exile during the Amin years, said: "The heads of those who were beheaded on his orders would be brought to him to talk to."
In April, for the first time, Uganda commemorated Amin's overthrow. However, plans to bury his memory may not be achieved so easily. The despot wants to return from exile in Saudi Arabia to see out his final years in Uganda.