Thursday, 31 December 2020

Cruel Blood thirsty

To understand Amin's reign of terror it is necessary to realize that he was not an ordinary political tyrant. He did more than murder those whom he considered his enemies: he also subjected them to barbarisms even after they were dead. These barbarisms are well attested. It was common knowledge in the Ugandan medical profession that many of the bodies dumped in hospital mortuaries were terribly mutilated, with livers, noses, lips, genitals or eyes missing. Amin's killers did this on his specific instructions; the mutilations follow a well-defined pattern. After Gofrey Kigala was shot in 1974, his eyes were gouged out and his body was partially skinned before it was dumped outside Kampala. Medical reports on deaths of Shaban Nkutu, Lt.Col Ondoga etc stated that the bodies had been cut open and that a number of internal organs had ben tampered with...... H. Kyemba (State of Blood).

On several occasions as Minister of Health, Amin insisted on being left alone with his victim's bodies. Such was the case when Brigadier Arube was murdered in 1974. Amin came to see the body while it was in the mortuary; he ordered the deputy medical superintendent, Dr Kyewalabaye to "wait outside". Amin then went in by himself....... Source H.Kyemba.

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Unidentifiable Victim

We hereby honour this unidentifiable victim and hundreds of thousands who are unidentifiable.

Like hundreds of thousands of victims who were executed in Nakasero SRB, his head was battered beyond recognition.

We cannot name this man, the vast majority of Amin's victims were never identified and were disposed of in forests, rivers, mass graves etc.

This man was murdered in Nakasero State Research Bureau.

The above picture was shot by Reimar Oltmanns.
German journalist and author. He was 1970-1972 Spokesman of the Lower Saxony Minister of Education Peter von Oertzen.

Amin ordered murders

Amin ordered murders using euphemisims that were recognized as orders for execution by his henchmen. One phrase was "Give him the VIP treatment" which meant death after torture, a phrase i heard him use when he was ordering the death of the Minister of Information, Alex Ojera in september 1972. Other code phrases were "Take him to Malire" and "Kalasi" which means "death" in Nubian, a language few ugandans speak.

Source Henry Kyemba.....

Saturday, 29 August 2020

Amin's Government By Terror


Amin kept thorough surveillance on Ugandans through five repressive organs that were either ccreated in Obote's period and then recreated and given new names by Amin himself, or founded after January 1971. Amin replaced the General Service Unit with a similar intelligence organ called the Bureau of State Research.  Located at Nakasero near what had been Obote's official Kampala residence, the bureau used the same house, headquarters, and surveilance equipment as those used by the deposed president.  Amin also established the Public Safety Unit in 1972  ostensibly to curb Kondo-robbery with violence- but in reality to give security personnel an opportunity to arrest enemies of the regime.  Its headquarters were at Naguru Police Training School.  The Military Police, created under Obote, was expanded.  Makindye, its headquarters, became notorious as a slaughterhouse in Amin's time.  As the economy worsened, another paramilitary unit, the Antismuggling Bureau, was created under Bob Astles.  It accused successful businessmen of smuggling and hoarding. 

These repressive agencies helped Amin gather intelligence on his enemies and survive in office.  Although their methods were crude, they succeeded by not taking chances: any suspect was instantly presumed guilty and eliminated.  Between January and August 1972, for example, in a wave of intensified political violence, political prisoners who had been locked behjind bars because of their presumed opposition to the Amin regime were all killed.  Most were members of the police, the GSU, and the Civil Service who had served Obote with loyalty,  including the bracss of the Police Central Intelligence Department, which had investigated Amin's part in the murder of Brigadier Okoya.  The victims included Mohammed Hassan.  the chief of CID. Festus Wawuyo, his deputy, and Ocungi, another deputy in the CID. Twenty Acholi/ Langi Military bandsmen who had been arrested and put under the care of Major Hussein Marella in December 1971 were also killed in this period,  reportedly on Amin's orders.  Hundreds of innocent people were trapped in a vicious circle of violence.  All the members of these paramilitary units used violence for their own selfish motives:  the demarcation line between offically sponsored and private violence was very thin.

Thousands of people in Uganda were tortured by government agents.  Detainees might be made to go through humiliating muscular ordeals such as "hopping like a frog" while being beaten.  The victim's eyes might be gouged out and left hanging out of their sockets.  During the "wheel torture," the victim's head was put in a wheel-rim that was repeatedly struck with iron bars.  People were beated with hammers, mallets, or iron bars to break their limbs as well as kill them.  Wires were attached to the victim's genitals, nipples, or other sensitive parts of the body and then connected to an electric battery or wall socket.  Women were raped or otherwise sexually abused.  Prisoners were slashed with knives and bayonets, body organs were mutilated and limbs cut off.  Prisoners might be lined up and every second one would be ordered to hammer the first to death,  the second one would be ordered to hammer the first to death, the second would be hyammered by the thrid, and so on, until only one was left to tell the tale to other prisoners.  Such incidents often happened at Makindye prison.  There were by no means the only forms of torture; theyere were many others.

Important or prominent people were killed like other prisoners.  However, their bodies were dismembered and parts used for ritual purposes.  For example, the head of Brigadier Suleiman Husein, who was killed at Makindye, was cut off and taken to Amin, who is reported to have addressed it and kept it in a fridge.  The penis of Colonel Mesesura Arach, commander of the First Infrantry, was severed and plugged into his mouth.  Few victims were given a proper burial.  Their bodies were thrown into rivers (such as the Nile at karuma, Jinja and other places), Kioga, Wamala, etc.), in mass graves,or burnt in their houses or cars.  Michael Kagwa's body was left in his burnt car as was the body of Father Clement Kiggundu, editor of Munno, a daily.

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Robert (Bob) Scanlon

Robert Scanlon (fourth from left) carrying Amin, went missing shortly after this event.  Like the hundreds of thousands murdered by Amin and his regime, his body has not been recovered, does anybody know what happened to him? Why was he murdered? When? Where?  Where are his remains?

Please see appeal by his daughter hereunder.
My father, Robert (Bob) Scanlon went murderedormissing (MoM?) in Uganda in 1977.  This was during the Idi Amin years. I just wonder does any one out there have any information which might help to discover what happened to him and why?
my father is the second from the left, the one with the moustache
My brother said he was told petrol was poured on my father in a room at the state research bureaux and he was set on fire. My brother did not feel that this was the truth.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Martin Okello

Mr Martin Okello (RIP) Murdered by Amin.

My father was called Martin Okello, he was the first MP West Nile Madi region. The soldiers came to our home and did not get him, they followed him where he was in the evening with his friend called Gaspero Oda, and they were taken to River Obongi and murdered. Their badly decomposed bodies were discovered because of the strong stench, he was buried at Ediofe Cemetery, may his soul rest in eternal peace. (Identity of Victim is withheld)

"I am what I am now because i lost my father at that early stage, otherwise i would have been somebody better than what i am now, the tears that my mother shaded while looking after us still rings in my mind, the only thing our mother taught us forgiveness. May the souls of my parents rest in peace.  (Identity of Victim is withheld)

At the cemetery in Ediofe Arua visiting my late
father the late Hon. Martin Okello

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Amin's Rule.

In the first few weeks after the 1971 coup
d'etat, Amin set about eliminating suspected opponents in the army.  While Obote used the 1967 Detention Act to lock his opponents in prisons where they were "well treated."  Amin killed them.  Such was the fate of various high-ranking officers known or perceived to be his opponents.  There were mass killings of members of the GSU, the Special Force, Police, Prisoners and civilians.  Victims were abducted by loyal security men, put on trucks and taken to prisons like Luzira, Makindye, Mutukula, and Jinja, which had been turned into slaughterhouses.
Bodies were dumped in lakes, rivers, forests, and isolated areas.  Mass graves were dug near barracks by prisoners who were themselves eventually killed.  Traditional Kakwa rituals were resurrected.  Parts of the body, including the penis, were often cut off and ceremoniously put into the mouth of the victim.  If the victime was a tough opponent of the regime, his head was preserved and "addressed" by those in authority.

Amin consolidated his base in the army by using his own ethnic groups.  In march 1971 more than thirty Acholi/ Langi soldiers were dynamited at Makindye Barracks.  On 22 July 1971 about 150 to 500 Acholis and Langi from Simba Battalion, Mbarara, were hearded into trucks, taken to an isolated ranch, and gunned down.  On going to Israel and Europe in July 1971, Amin gave orders for the elimination of the Langi and Acholi soldiers fearing they might organize a coup.  At Mbarara soldiers from these ethnic groups were separated from the rest and taken to their deaths.  On 9 July 1971 about twenty new Acholi/Langi recruits were killed; more died the following day.  Between 10 and 14 July 1971 some fifty Acholi/ Langi soldiers were killed at Magamaga Ordnance Depot.  Further massacres of these ethnic groups occurred at military barracks at Masindi, Soroti, and Kitgum.  On 5 February 1972, about 117 soldiers and other security men of the Obote regime were mowed down as they tried to escape.

What is upsetting about Ugandans is that while the Langi and Acholi suffered, many laughed thinking their turn would never come.......  But wherever violence occurs in the state, it eventually overflows to everyone.  By 1971 the fires of political violence that had been lit at Nakulabye were spreading into the rural areas of Apac, Lira and Gulu.  Soon they would scorch all the land.

Amin based his support in the armyon the Kakwa and Nubi, with the former Anyanya Zairean and Sudanese forming the nucleus to which were attached other West Nile groups like the Madi, the Lugbara, and the Alur.  Other individuals were bound to Amin or his lieutenants on a clientele basis, including Smartus Guwedeko.  Francis Itabuka, Kassimu Obura, and many others.  His political fortunes began to decline when he narrowed his base by gradually trimming th larg West Nile support in the army.  From 1971 to 1972 the Alur were gradually marginalized.  Lieutenant Colonel Valentine Ochima, an Alur with a following in the army, was imprisoned in July 1971 and shot the following year.  After the 1972 invasion of Uganda by Ugandan exiles, Alurs were removed from most strategic positions.  The turn of the Madi came in late 1972.  Amin accused all Madi of drunkenness and removed them from sensitive positions.  He then called in Madi elders to explain to them the crimes of "their sons".  Pruning of the Lugbara began in early 1972.  Their "son," Obitre-Gama, was dismissed in march as Minister of Internal affairs, brought back in a minor portfolio and again dismissed in mid 1973.  Another Lugbara, Lieutenan Colonel Ondoga, the ambassador to Moscow, was recalled and made minister of Foreign Affairs.  He was later publicly dismissed and his body was found floating in a river.  Many Lugbaras were killed at this time.  Amin dismissed his Lugbara wife, though he took the opportunity to divorce two more from other ethnic groups as a show of "tribal impartiality."

By 1975 the Kakwa-Nubi-Anyanya core had closed ranks and was the foundation of Amin's power machine.  They held most of the strategic positions, manned key installations, and easily grouped whenever there was trouble.  The other alienated West Nile groups did not fight Amin because they rightly judged that it was not in their interest to overthrow him.  If he were overthrown, they would be punished for their natural association with him.  Subsequent events have proved them right: the Acholi/Langi militia brutalized the whole population of West Nile in 1980-83 for being associated with Amin on ethnic basis.

Source:  The Social Origins of Violence in Uganda 1964-1985.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Mr Masembe Yusuf Ssewanyana

Brooke Bond (OXO)

Masembe the Manager of Broke Bond Tea Factory was executed for his failure to provide sufficient quantitites of tea for Amin's exports to pay for his imported luxury.
"Mr Masembe Yusuf Ssewanyana"

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Blogger Trudy said...
My name is Gertrude Masembe a daughter to the late Masembe Yusuf Ssewanyana. I did not live to see my father because he did barely before i made 3years. I have over the years been wondering why my father was murdered and i want to thank The author of "Atrocities of Amin" for having answered this question on my heart. To daddy i miss you and may your soul rest in eternal peace.
14 December 2009 01:24
Blogger Julie said...
Daddy, even when years are long past, the pain never seems to heal. It is sad that you died such a painful death. Juliet Nabyonga Masembe
23 September 2010 10:33
Blogger Henry said...
Dad, I am honored to be your child and to have shared my early childhood days with you. It is sad that you left us so early. Even though we cannot physically see you, you will always live in our hearts until that glorious day when we meet again (eye-to-eye). Life has been hard without you dad, but the good Lord has been kind to us. I will always love you
Henry Masembe Katumwa
8 November 2010 11:29
Blogger TIMOTHY said...
Daddy, am timothy, its a pity that you died such a terrible death, in your death, may we as your children have even more faith to stand together as one, may God guide us in all our work and always remember to keep hope alive.
We shall always remember your love and hard work.
To my bro henry katumwa in the US, we miss you.
God bless.
30 December 2010 00:46

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Brigadier Pierino Okoya

Commander of the army's Second Infantry (RIP) and his wife Anna Okoya (RIP), were shot and killed in their home at Koro village, a few miles from Gulu town and Military Airbase on January 25, 1970.

Acholi Times.

Born in 1928 at Palaro, sub-county, Gulu district, Okoya joined the King’s African Rifles (KAR) in 1950, joining a long line of Ugandan soldiers in the outfit. Those who had joined earlier included Idi Amin, Tito Okello and Shaban Opolot. By the time Okoya died in 1969, he was only 41 years old and obviously with a long soldiering life ahead of him.

Read on......

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Sebastino Namirundu

Suspected "Guerillas" alleged, apprehended, tried and convicted by the regime.

Sebastino Namirundu (Left) with Tom Masaba (Right) before their public execution by firing squad in 1973.

Tom Masaba (RIP)

Tom Masaba is stripped naked before being publicly executed in 1973.

The lifeless body of Masaba after the firing squad

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Dora Bloch

British-Israeli Hostage.

On the morning of july 4, 1976, israeli commandos raided entebbe airport (old airport) to free 102 israeli hostages taken after a plane hijack by the palestinians. The raid cost amin 20 of his soldiers. One hostage, 75-year-old dora bloch, who had been hospitalised at mulago, was picked up by maj. Farouk minawa of the state research bureau and capt. Nasur ondoga, amin’s chief of protocol. She has never been seen again

After the humiliation at the hands of the israelis, amin asserted his authority through further indiscriminate killings in parts of uganda.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Amin’s son apologises for his father's atrocities

Idi Amin was president of Uganda between 1971 and 1979.
Publish Date: Jun 03, 2015
Amin’s son apologises for his father's atrocitiesnewvision

By Richard Drasimaku           
JEFFERY Amin was a primary school boy, unaware of what was going on in the country when his father Idi Amin was the president of Uganda. 

But it has taken the 48-year-old courage to come out amongst the over 60 children of the former head of state to say sorry to the nation for the atrocities committed between 1971 and 1979.

He came face to face with Baptist Jotim, a clan chief from Acholi whose father died in the hands of the notorious regime’s soldiers in 1976.

This was during a reconciliation, peace, unity and development dialogue that brought together 102 cultural, religious and opinion leaders from West Nile, Acholi and Lango at Heritage Courts Hotel in Arua town.

Notable among the traditional leaders were the Alur Prime Minister Edwin Wathum, Ephraim Waringu, the Thebiz of Kebu Rigangi, Mathew Otto, the Lands and Mobilisation minister of Acholi and Benny Ocan, the Lango prime minister.

The others were Silas Akonyu a Kakwa elder, Stephen Drani a Madi paramount chief and his adviser Olga Tabea and the host Hanuna Ndema, the prime minister of the formative Lugbara cultural institution.
Chief Baptist Jotim (left) sheds tears as Jeffery Amin (R) apologises for the killing of his father by regime soldiers in 1976. Photo by Richard Drasimaku.
The eminent leaders discussed the events that led to discord between former friends Amin and Milton Obote that eventually evolved into hatred between the Acholi, Lango and the West Nile people with devastating revenge massacres.

Colourful street performances by Acholi traditional dancers through Arua town punctuated the two-day event organised by Uhuru Institute of Social Development.

But the mood was sombre as tearful Jotim narrated how some soldiers from West Nile went to their home in Kitgum to warn his father that he was on a wanted list of people to be killed.

They drove him to Malaba border post and told him to flee to Kenya but he refused and returned home. Four days later other soldiers came to abduct him. The next thing they heard was that dad was dead.

Jotim says he was overwhelmed by anger so much that when Amin died in Saudi Arabia in 2003, he refused to accompany Amin’s former Acholi wife Ester to a prayer meeting that was held at Amin’s ancestral home in Koboko.

It was a narrative that caused remorseful Jeffery to walk to Jotim to say sorry and apologise on behalf of the family for any wrong doing to the nation during his late father’s reign.
Jeffey Amin (L) joined by Acholi traditional dancers in the peace march through Arua town. Photo by Richard Drasimaku
As bishop Alfred Achur of West Lango Anglican diocese joined to counsel the duo, another wronged cleric Sheikh Adam Ayub rose up to confess his hatred for the West Nile people in general arising from an attempted slaughter of his father Ayub who was the former Khadi of Lango.

“I became a soldier to avenge that incident but today I want to forgive all West Nilers. We were fighting a war that was not ours,” Ayub said. To which Jotim added; “We are here because something went wrong. We have brought all the wishes of our people that we should burry all the past differences and unite for peace.”

Achur assured Jeffery that none of the people who gathered at Heritage Courts has a grudge against him or his family.

“Jeffery came openly to seek forgiveness on behalf of his dad because he is a good Muslim with strong faith,” the bishop said.

Ndema said it was needless to talk about past atrocities because they were simply too many. He emphasised that the leaders should make sure reconciliation goes to the grass roots.

Akonyu meanwhile stressed the importance of re-cultivating the friendship and cooperation between the different communities in the Northern region that existed before the Amin-Obote fallout so as to guarantee a better future for the young children.

“As a mother, we appeal to our husbands to join hands with us in upbringing our children in the spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness. We have mourned enough because of disharmony, let us support each other so that we change the face of Northern Uganda,” Tabea urged.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Keith Savage

Keith Savage was blown up together with Bruce Mckenzie in the same plane.

Bruce Mckenzie

He was the only non-African ever to serve in independent Kenya’s Cabinet. And it was not in a ceremonial post, but in the critical Ministry of Agriculture during the nation’s formative years. He was very close to President Jomo Kenyatta and some of his most powerful Ministers, but he was also close to the secret services of South Africa, Britain and Israel, relationships that would eventually cost him his life in rather mysterious circumstances. - 

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McKenzie was presented a stuffed Kenyan cob (antelope) that contained a bomb.  
Terpil told others the story that "Amin's speech ran so long that I was afraid the damned thing would
explode while the plane was still at Kampala airport. So I had to send a guy aboard to set the time back another half-hour."

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Joseph Bitwari

Joseph Bitwari (RIP)

By Benson Katundu-Byarugaba:  Iddi Amin killed my Uncle Joseph Bitwari former District Commissioner , Bugisu District!! 

Friday, 20 February 2015

Mr Alex (Alija) Latim

Killed by Amin's Men 1979

It should be remembered that the late Bataringaya (also murdered by Amin) was the Leader of the Opposition (1962-1964) as a Democratic (DP) Party Secretary General who crossed to the ruling party, the Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC). After his decision to cross, Alex Latim (RIP) took the mantle and martialed the Opposition through.

Very little has been written about Amin’s victims, their lives, and the lives of their families who still endure the pain that Amin’s brutality inflicted on them.

We hope to change the mindset that people have, i.e. whenever they talk about Amin’s victims, only the manner of their deaths are discussed, but not what they stood for, or their contributions to their country Uganda.

As people who were alive during that era die one by one due to old age, natural causes or other calamities, it is our hope that some will share what they know about any of the victims herein.  Information can either be written on the comments section of the victims herein, or discreetly sent to this address

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Theresa Nanziri Bukenya

The Sad Demise of Theresa Nanziri Bukenya

It was on the evening of June 22nd 1976 when Idi Amin's regime committed a heinous act. Theresa Nanziri Bukenya, then a warden of Africa Hall at Makerere University, was picked from her residence by men from the dreaded State Research Bureau. Two days later Nanziri's dead body was found with bullet wounds on the neck, at River Ssezibwa. Nanziri had joined along list of others who suffered cold death at the hands of Idi Amin.

Bear in mind that she was 7 months pregnant at the time of her murder

Who was Nanziri?

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Bryon Kawadwa

Playwright, Artiste and director of National Theater. Murdered by Amin's henchmen.

The fate of Kawadwa at the hands of Amin's agents was not without its tragic irony. 

Several Baganda theatre artists welcomed Amin's coup, as first. Popular theatre artists like Kiyingi and Kawadwa, and literary dramatists like Serumaga, thought Amin would reinstate the Kabaka, (who had been deposed from his traditional Kingship by Obote). Although the Kabaka was not reinstalled, in the early years of Amin's regime, Kawadwa's productions did seem to spearhead a Baganda renaissance.

Eventually, however, Amin's paranoia took offence at one of Kawadwa's most popular plays. St Charles Lwanga, first produced in 1970, was a play about the nineteenth century Baganda Christians who were martyred by Kabaka Mwanga. Kawadwa decided to revive the play in 1976 and owing to its Christian content, sought and received approval for the performance from Muslim Amin's presidential office.

In 1977, the year of the performance, Amin's notorious Bureau of State security outraged Ugandan and world opinion by murdereing the Anglican Archbishop, Janani Luwum. Suddenly Kawadwa's play was transformed from a relatively innocuous exploration of nineteenth century Ugandan history into a politically sensitive allegory on contemporary state terrorists. Soon afterwards, Byron and several members of his theatre company were picked up by the bureau of state security and their burnt bodies were discovered in the bush 33 km outside Kampala. Kawadwa's fate seems all the more pathetic because he was not an oppositional author of a consciously ideological stamp; it was just that his ability to ceate theatrical forms with a wide popular appeal outside Amin's permitted propaganda machinery eventually seemed a threat to the state.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Mr Charles Oboth Ofumbi

Left, murdered by Amin 1977.
The killing of archbishop janani luwum, lands minister and former inspector general of police erinayo oryema and interior minister charles oboth-ofumbi on february 17, 1977, marked the climax of amin’s bloody repression.
After these murders, amin took a ruthless and sweeping decision: all remaining acholi and langi soldiers were to be eliminated. After all, he had allegedly uncovered a plot to overthrow his government in which the archbishop and the two ministers were a part.

Ofumbi knew too much to stay alivePublish Date: Apr 23, 2013

The family of former Internal Affairs Minister, Charles Oboth Ofumbi who was brutally murdered on February 16, 1977, speaks out for the first time about the pain and the tragedy they went through.

By Charles Etukuri
At the family home in Nyamalogo, Mulanda in Tororo district, Ofumbi’s widow, Elizabeth, recalls the last conversation she had with her husband.

“I had travelled to pick our children who were studying in St. Andrews Turi in Kenya when he called me. He sounded different on the phone and he said he was going for a stormy cabinet meeting but was not so sure he would come out alive. ‘Pray for me and should anything happen, please make sure that you give the children the gift of education,’ were his last words to me,” she recalls.

With those words, Ofumbi drove to Nile Mansions (now Kampala Serena Hotel) where President Idi Amin had called a special ministerial meeting. Amin had invited diplomats, the press and religious leaders.

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Monday, 5 January 2015

Mr Erinayo Oryema

Murdered in 1977

On 16 February 1977, Oryema, Archbishop Janani Luwum and Interior Minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi were arrested. The same day Idi Amin convened a rally in Kampala with the three accused present. A few other "suspects" were paraded forth to read out "confessions" implicating the three men for planning to stage a coup. The next day, Radio Uganda announced that the three had been killed when the car transporting them to an interrogation center had collided with another vehicle. The accident, Radio Uganda reported, had occurred when the victims had tried to overpower the driver in an attempt to escape.[2] Henry Kyemba, Minister of Health in Amin's government, later wrote in his book A State of Blood, that "The bodies were bullet-riddled. The archbishop had been shot through the mouth and at least three bullets in the chest. The ministers had been shot in a similar way but one only in the chest and not through the mouth. Oryema had a bullet wound through the leg."[3]
According to the later testimony of witnesses, the victims had been taken to an army barracks, where they were bullied, beaten and finally shot.[4]
Erinayo Oryema was by the time of his death the longest serving minister in Amin’s government. The murder of Oryema and Luwum had profound effects. Their deaths made many realise that no one was safe, and shortly thereafter several of Amin’s ministers defected or fled to exile.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Bishop Janani Luwum

Idi Amin with Archbishop Luwum. Note the pistol at the side of Amin. He was said to have used it shortly afterwards to murder the Archbishop.

Bishop Luwum was tortured and killed by Amin and Minawa Farouk at Nakasero State Research Bureau torture chambers in 1977.

We forgave Amin, says Luwum family

This Month (February 2012) marked 34 years since the death of Archbishop Janan Luwum, who was allegedly murdered by State Research Bureau, an intelligence outfit under President Idi Amin’s regime. His son, Ben Okello Luwum, the former minister of Lands from 1986 to 1990, Auditor General and now a private accountant, talked to Risdel Kasasira about the death of his father.

1. Could your father have done things differently to avoid death or having confrontations with Idi Amin and to what extent should religious leaders get involved in politics?
Amin and his men were terrible people. Just seeing you drive a beautiful car; you are dead. If his soldiers liked your house, they would kill you. So, I don’t know the kind of answer I can give but I know he handled it well because Amin would kill for any reason.
There was no rule of law. Every religious leader is like I and you. They can comment about political issues whenever they get an opportunity because like any other Uganda, they should ask questions about political decisions in the country.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Alex Ojera

Alex Ojera; right.

Obote's Minister of Information.

Killed in 1972

Sunday, 28 December 2014

John Okello (Field Marshall)

The Field Marshall who liberated Zanzibar and Pemba

On January 12, 1964, with popular support from the Island’s oppressed native African majority, Okello and his men fought their way to the capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town, where the Sultan lived. Even though they were poorly armed, Okello and his men surprised the police force of Zanzibar and they took over power.

The self proclaimed Field Marshal there after created the Revolutionary Council and named the leader of the Afro-Shirazi Party, Abeid Karume as President. Karume was residing in Tanganyika, but returned to Zanzibar, where he was welcomed by Okello. Afterwards, Okello appeared to be too unstable to play any role in government of the new country and was quietly sidelined from the political scene by President Karume, who only allowed him to retain his title of Field Marshal. But after two months, he was captured and declared a prohibited immigrant while he was in Tanganyika, then later sent to Kenya. He was incarcerated multiple times and was allegedly last seen with the Ugandan President Idi Amin in 1971 and vanished afterwards.

Killed by Amin:
In the book “Revolution of Zanzibar”, written by Don Petterson, 
Idi Amin saw him as a threat (after Amin promoted himself Okello reportedly joked that "now Uganda has two field marshals" and had arranged his assassination.

Okello is a born of Iyama village, Alebtong Parish, Aloi Sub-county, Moroto county, Alebtong District (Formerly part of Lira District), Lango Sub-region. He is survived by two wives and children. According to family sources, he left his home village at 15 and set out on his own and found work in several places within East Africa. Okello left for Pemba and Zanzibar in 1959 and 1963 respectively where he lived and worked as a clerk, manservant, gardener and later on a police officer.
More importantly, the dependants of the late Field Marshal Okello live in chronic and abject poverty. I therefore appeal to the Government of Uganda in conjunction with the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar to honestly come in and extend a hand of help aimed at salvaging the plight of Field Marshal John Okello’s dependants.
The writer is MP for Ajure County

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Otim Oryem

He was apprehended.... by security men. He was quietly led away to an underground subway. Otim could not allow himself to be interrogated and tortured.....
That fateful morning of 15th July 1975 died a true, and perhaps the most courageous son of uganda and one of the last Oryems........
God bless Acholi

Thursday, 18 December 2014

'Jolly Joe' J.W. Kiwanuka

Journalist, MP and former president of Uganda National Congress

Long-time politician / Murdered in cold blood.

Joseph Kiwanuka had the dubious distinction of being killed by Idi Amin himself. First, however, he was kept in Makindye Prison/barracks for several days of torture. On the day of his execution, Amin and a top official named Malire determined to beat him to death with hammers. They intended to drag out the ordeal and prolong his suffering, but as Joseph began to pray out loud for the forgiveness of their sins, Amin went into an uncontrollable rage, grabbed a nearby sledge hammer, dashed out his brains.

Amin then cut off his head and practiced blood rituals over his remains. Recognizing Jolly Joe as the smartes man in Uganda he stored his head in a deep freezer, superstitiously believeing that he could thus appropriate his ability to think.

Jolly Joe Kiwanuka has found the Kingdom!

Adapted from A Distant Grief by F. Kefa Sempangi.

Drama Queen said...
This is my Grandad, he was a great man, he died fighting for what he believed in. and he lives forever in our hearts, his multitude of grand children are all propelled by the memory of his nobility, unshakeable sense of right and wrong, and his voice that tore through the threats of dictatorship and reached his beloved people of Uganda. I'm very proud to carry his name Melinda Nampiima KIWANUKA.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tobias Okot

From Palaro,

Killed together with Keneri Odoch.  Thrown over Karuma bridge

Karuma Bridge where Tobias Okot (RIP), Keneri Odoch (RIP) and an unspecified number of Amin's murdered victims were thrown.


Doreen okot said...
Daddy rest in peace, your children & grandchildren miss you so much!!! I never knew my dad I was only 5 yrs old when he was taken away , I have very little memory of that day, 2 to 3 land rovers full of soldiers arrived and took him away and we never saw him again! You will always be missed dad, there isn't a day that goes by and I wished he had met his grand children!! RIP Dad xxx