Monday, 29 December 2008

Lt Col Abwola

Killed by Amin,

Amin had wanted his wife.

Major Emmanuel Ogwal

Ugandan Army.

Major Emmanuel Ogwal was chased through the center of Kampala by Amin's soldiers. He took refuge in a doctor's house and was killed during a shoot-out that we all heard from our offices.......

Amin's boys triumphantly brought Ogwal's driving license to Amin in my presence, as proof of their success.

Source Henry Kyemba former Minister in Amin's govt

Sunday, 28 December 2008

R. Seidle

lecturer; Makerere University, killed by Amin

Francis Walugembe

Kabaka's Minister of Natural Resources and former Mayor Masaka under Obote.

Killed by Lt. Malyamugu.

In September 1972, Walugembe was arrested, had his genitals cut off and was paraded through the streets before being killed and dismembered. So violent and brutal is Malyamungu. His modes of execution are as atrocious as anything imaginable. He is fond of disemboweling. Along with several other officers, he is known to have executed is victims by having them run over by tanks......(H. Kyemba)

Peter Paul Oketta

Asst. Commissioner of Prisons.

Santa is the wife

Killed by Amin

Nathan Komakech

Gunned down by Amin's Soldiers 1979

Olobo Leji

Killed 1977

Lt Woolly Odong

Acholi and Langi soldiers and pilots who were training aborad were recalled and killed. Odong was in Italy. A telegram sent by the Army reached him. He was murdered after torture.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Janario Obwona

Killed in Mbarara 1972

Martin Okello

DP Member of Parliament, killed by Amin

John Kakonge

Minister of Agriculture in Obote's government, Killed by Amin

Nehemiah Bananuka

UPC Secretary of Ankole district.

In 1972 in Mbarara he raised the UPC flag he had saved for nearly 2 years two welcome the fighters. He was murdered and hhis entire family was annihilated.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Mass Murder (Malire)

Thirty two senior Langi and Acholi officers were herded into a room and blown up with explosives.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Senior Superintendent Oketa

Uganda Police

Killed by Amin in 1971

Friday, 28 November 2008

Ceasar Amone

Prof Leander Komakech's younger brother - Ceasar Amone, was trained in Isreal and worked in Entebbe for Uganda Air Force until January 25 1971. He was abducted and his body was never recovered. He is survived by three children - Florence Abalo, Olum Amone and the late Omony, who lost his life during the insurgencies in Northern Uganda in the late 1980s.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Engineer Olum Lacito

Killed during the reign of Amin's terror.

Further details will follow.

Captain Olal Odora

Graduate from Makerere University, Killed in 1971 after the coup by Amin. His Father Jeremia Odora always hoped he would turn up alive, it never happened. His Father never recovered from his disappearance.

He bore a very heavy heart untill his death in 1999.

Olal was loved by all who knew him. He was a diplomat, and loved everybody. His love for people was infectious. We invite anybody who knew him to testify.

His Father was the brother of Rwot Lacito Okec (RIP).

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Serafino Egwea

My father, Serafino Egwea was kidnapped from our home in Ayer in April 1972 and killed. Our mother was also forced to flee into exile. So, as orphans, we grew up under extremely difficult circumstances.

Extract from Robert Olet Egwea's email

Saturday, 20 September 2008

I saw Amin’s firing squads

New Vision Online

I saw Amin’s firing squads
Saturday, 11th September, 2010
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Amin often displayed arms to frame his opponents before conviction and execution
Amin often displayed arms to frame his opponents before conviction and execution
IT is 33 years since the last public execution in Uganda. Ivan Lukanda looks back to the 1970s to see how Idi Amin eliminated his enemies

On September 7, 1977, President Idi Amin signed death sentences for 12 men who pleaded guilty to treason.

Lt. Col. Au Juma, the Chairman of the Military Tribunal, which tried the convicts and Francis Ayume the Director of Public Prosecution, witnessed.

Maj. Farouk Habib, the head of Military Police, also attended. The ceremony took place at State House Entebbe. Ayume was later to become Solicitor General, Attorney General and Speaker of Parliament in the later governments of Obote II and Yoweri Museveni.

On September 9, 1977, Voice of Uganda carried a screaming headline: “Fifteen to face Firing Squad today” [sic].

On this day, Amin ignored a plea from President William Tolbert of Liberia to spare the lives of the 15, preferring to follow the decision of the Military Tribunal.

Tolbert, ever dressed in white robes, was a friend of Amin and one of the few African leaders the Uganda president respected. He had earlier been in Uganda to open the Uganda Commercial Bank building on Kampala Road.

The military government invited the public to witness the executions, but only the government cameraman was allowed to take pictures.
Amin paraded weapons at Nile Mansions (now Serena Hotel), called the diplomatic corps, clergy and others to demonstrate there was a plot to overthrow his government.

Some of the men on charges of treason were Lt. Ben Ongom, Ben Ogwang, Okidi Meya, Nsereko, Nyuru and Kabandize. They were accused of importing fire arms. They were 16 in total.

Two of the victims, Ongom and Nyuru, were forced to read a document saying the arms were from Milton Obote, who was then in exile in Tanzania.

“It is alleged that Jumba Masagazi and Lt. Col. Francis Itabuka drafted the document,” Ssemwanga Kisolo, a historian, said. “That day, Archbishop Jonan Luwum was arrested and killed.” The 16 were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad. This was the second and last wave of firing squads in Uganda. It was the second time in Kisolo’s life to witness public executions. The first was in 1973.

Kisolo’s 1970s Account
At about 11:00am on September 9, soldiers brought iron drums filled with sand to the Pan African Square on Queensway, Entebbe Road.

The victims were fastened onto the drums to prevent their bodies from movement and possible disintegration resulting from the force of the bullet.

The drums were also aimed at preventing bullets from hurting the people witnessing the execution.

By 2:00pm, the crowd had increased in size. At 3:00pm, armed men were brought to the square on a military lorry. Amin passed Queensway at about 4:00pm driving a Volkswagen.

He was wearing a Muslim cap. It was Ramadhan, the fasting period for Muslims. People thought Amin would seek popularity by coming to the square and publicly pardon the convicts, but he did not even wave. The crowd looked on as he drove past, indifferent to the small crowd.

At about 4:30pm, a Military Police pick-up truck and a lorry belonging to Uganda Prisons drove into the square. The lorry was covered with a tarpaulin. Prisoners came out one by one — handcuffed. Doctors examined them and religious leaders prayed for each in their respective religion.

After that, the soldiers who were wearing masks took their positions, cocked their guns and stood at attention.

Lt. Col. Juma Mi Lokony (commonly known as Wazimu Butabika in reference to his often insane actions) the commanding officer of Malire regiment and the chairman of the tribunal, ordered the soldiers to fire at the prisoners in front of them.

But Ben Ogwang, who was an intelligence officer at Malire, did not die after the first round. He vertically shook his head. Lt. Col. Butabika and a doctor reached out to him and confirmed he was not yet dead. Butabika ordered one of the soldiers to shoot Ogwang again.

The medical examiner checked Ongom’s pulse on both sides of his neck and confirmed he was no more.

Another victim, Nsereko, a former police officer, refused to wear a hood. He wanted to die while seeing. The hood prevents the executioner from seeing the victim, a scenario that may cause them (executioner) nightmares after the exercise.

At about 6:00pm, a cloud of fear covered Kampala. The crowd that had witnessed the execution left the square without talking to one another. The prisoners who removed the bodies from the iron drums and put them in coffins were released on the orders of Amin.

This public execution pushed guerrillas underground, to the extent that Amin’s ousters had to be exiles backed by the Tanzanian army.

Four years earlier Kisolo had witnessed a public execution which, like the second, sent shivers down the spines of many Ugandans.

January 23, 1973, started as a beautiful sunny day in Kampala. On its eve, Radio Uganda had announced that guerrillas and armed robbers would be shot dead in different regions “to serve as an example to the people”.

“Indeed the day ended as Amin and his henchmen had wished,” Semwanga Kisolo, an eye witness, now a radio historian on Super FM, recalls.

Kisolo was 15 and in Senior Three then.

“That day, I left school (Old Kampala SS) early and headed for the Pan African Square in Katwe where the execution was to be conducted”.

Badru Semakula, who had been arrested in armed robbery, was put on firing squad that day. Although no one questioned whether Semakula was innocent or not, “the act of seeing him die was disturbing.” A tree stump still stands at the point where Semakula was executed.

This was probably the first execution by firing squad in Uganda. Semakula’s arrest coincided with the arrest of Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) rebels. Amin then ordered the public execution of 13 people he felt were not desired in the country he was leading.

His other victims were Tom Masaba, an ex-captain in the army, William Nkoko from Busoga, Joseph Bitwari and James Karambi from Kigezi and Phares Kasoro, an ex-policeman from Toro. These were believed to be the co-ordinators of FRONASA, a guerrilla outfit led by Raiti Omongin and Yoweri Museveni who had fled to Tanzania and had started their own resistance against Amin’s government.

On January 22, a tribunal chaired by Lt. Col. Ozo decided that the five men be executed by firing squad. On January 24, the government newspaper, Voice of Uganda, reported that the sitting was a directive from the Defence Council chaired by Idi Amin earlier in the day at Makindye Lodge.

Before the tribunal, Masaba and Nkoko who were together at the time of arrest made contradictory statements when accused of harbouring guerillas composed of elements from of the Uganda Army in Lugala Forest near Busoga District Farm Institute (now Mayuge District). Most of the recruits were from Kigezi.

On escaping from the training camps, the recruits were arrested by Amin’s soldiers. The recruits led the soldiers to Kabale, where they identified Joseph Bitwari and James Karambi as the people who enlisted them into the rebel ranks. Kasoro was accused of breaking into an abandoned house and stealing seven short guns and a pistol with ammunition. Kasoro allegedly hid the pistol and ammunition in the house of his girlfriend.

Kasoro told the tribunal that as a former policeman, he knew it was unlawful to keep arms and ammunition which did not belong to him and which had no certificate.

Col. Ozo released a statement in which he stated: “Now these subversive elements have found a direct confrontation impossible so they are operating in small bands. They disguise as soldiers and try to disgrace the government by hijacking high officials.” (sic) “Now as a result of this, these people must be punished in public in their districts as an example to the people. The tribunal decided that the five accused be executed by firing squad.”

The members of the tribunal included Lt. Col. Hussein Malela, Maj Gabriel; Capt. Sengendo, Capt. Yasin, Capt. Amin and the secretary, Lt. Awuzu.

Bishop Kivengere Protests
Before the executions, Bishop Festo Kivengere of Kigezi Diocese met Idi Amin and protested to the killing in 1973 of three men from his diocese by firing squad on the alleged charges.

In his article published by African Saints — Saints, Martyrs and Holy People from the Continent of Africa in 2002, Frederick Quinn quotes Kivengere: February 10 began as a sad day for us in Kabale. People were commanded to come to the stadium and witness the execution. Death permeated the atmosphere. A silent crowd of about 3,000 was there ready to watch. I had permission from the authorities to speak to the men before they died, and two of my fellow ministers were with me. They brought the men on a truck and unloaded them. They were handcuffed and their feet were chained. The firing squad stood at attention. As we walked into the centre of the stadium, I was wondering what to say. How do you give the Gospel to doomed men who are probably seething with rage?

We approached them from behind, and as they turned to look at us, what a sight! Their faces were all alight with an unmistakable glow and radiance. Before we could say anything, one of them burst out: “Bishop, thank you for coming! I wanted to tell you. The day I was arrested, in my prison cell, I asked the Lord Jesus to come into my heart. He came in and forgave me all my sins! Heaven is now open, and there is nothing between me and my God! Please tell my wife and children that I am going to meet with Jesus. Ask them to accept him into their lives as I did.” The other two men told similar stories, excitedly raising their hands, which rattled their handcuffs. [It is not clear who the third victim was. But like in the Nkoko case, this victim could have been a friend of Bitwari and Karambi that security operatives concluded he must have been involved in subversive activities]

I felt that what I needed to do was to talk to the soldiers, not to the condemned. So I translated what the men had said into a language the soldiers understood. The military men were standing there with guns cocked and bewilderment on their faces. They were so dumbfounded that they forgot to put the hoods over the men’s faces! The three faced the firing squad standing close together. They looked toward the people and began to wave, handcuffs and all. The people waved back. Then shots were fired, and the three were with Jesus.

Nkoko was publicly executed in Bugembe Stadium on the outskirts of Jinja town with his presumed to be innocent friend Rashid Ntale, while Masaba was stripped naked before execution in Mbale town.

Shortly after the 1971 coup, Amin had forgiven and released all political prisoners, including Obote’s rebellious ministers who had been sent to Luzira on the orders of their boss. The ministers included Grace Ibingira, Abu Baker Mayanja, Grace Bataringaya, Wilberforce Nadiope and Benedicto Kiwanuka. It appears Amin thought that such an act sent a sympathy note to some people who expected similar treatment when arrested.

In justifying his action (public execution), on January 25, 1973, Amin told a visiting businessman from Bugisu, Natolo Masaba, “If anyone involves himself in subversive activities, whether he is a minister or not, he can be arrested and put before the military tribunal and be executed.”

Amin reasoned that his government was responsible for protecting the lives and the property of all people in Uganda and would not allow anybody to bring confusion because that would lead to suffering of innocent people.

On January 30, 1973, a guerrilla identified as Yusuf (or Joseph) Malibo Abwooli from Wesenene, Mwenge, in Toro, was arrested at the Uganda Bookshop tea room in Kampala by the Public Safety Unit (PSU).

He had a pistol and three magazines.

The PSU had been set up to curb the rampant armed robberies and murder of prominent Ugandans in the early days of Amin’s government.

On interrogation, the Voice of Uganda on January 31, 1973 reported that, Malibo said, he “was sent from Tanzania with several others to assassinate and kidnap certain important people in Uganda.”

Malibo’s targets were reportedly the Foreign Minister, Wanume Kibedi; the Minister of Education, Edward Rugumayo; the Minister of Culture and Community Development, Yekosofati Engur; the acting Commander of the Army, Col. Francis Nyangweso; and a Kampala sportsman, Ali Bablo in that order of priority. Malibo was carrying with him a group photograph of the five men.

On February 4, Yoweri Museveni told the British newspaper, The Observer, that the guerrilla camp found by the Ugandan security forces near Mbale town in eastern Uganda on January 15, 1973 belonged to his force.

In August, 2009, Nkoko’s remains were exhumed from a public cemetery two kilometres on Jinja-Iganga road and reburied at Kityerera, Mayuge District.

President Yoweri Museveni told mourners that Nkoko was part of FRONASA.

“Nkoko was a hero. It is sad that we lost him and others, but they never lost their lives in vain as the peace we wanted to attain for our country has been achieved,” he said.

FRONASA’s alleged aim of kidnapping the prominent people was to arouse public anger against Amin and his government who had become very popular.

The Amin era marked a period unprecedented in Uganda’s history. Public execution came to symbolise the reign of terror. Those forced to attend the brutal ceremony were scared and live to remember the day.

But many Ugandan’s were murdered in torture chambers run by the dreaded PSU and State Research Bureau. When the Amin regime fell in 1979, many thought the past would be interred in the past. But this was never the case.

Soon the Uganda National Liberation Army and National Security Agency under the Uganda People’s Congress government continued with the brutality of Amin’s regime.

Though there were no public executions — Amin style — torture chambers, including Nile Mansions, NASA head office, Argentina House in Mbuya and Naguru police barracks were butcher houses where hundreds were killed in an extra-judicial way.

See related stories in Sunday Magazine

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Yovand Ocola

killed by Amin on the party organised to welcome the Athelics Team from Commonwealth
Games, where he brought a medal in Hummer Throwing.

Friday, 11 July 2008

Amos Lakwor

Executed publicly in Gulu (Firing Squad) together with John Labeja.

John Labeja

From Awere, faced firing squad in Gulu town together with Amos Lakwor.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Oburu Zefania

- (from Zefania Ochieng Oburu's family - was in Nairobi) - returned to Uganda in the late 70s and was murdered allegedly for being a rebel. Used to call himself Moburu (M. Oburu) to avoid being O

Odoi Rieza

- buried alive by Amin's men as they(Amin's soldiers were fleeing away after the overthrow of Amin)


- Commissioner of Agriculture (Aki's or Odoi Onyango's brother?)

Samsoni (from Mwelo)

- arrested together with Ochola - murdered possibly to avoid eye-witness to Ochola's murder

James Siras Malilo Ochola-Ondowa

- Minister for Regional Development in UPC I government - buried alive

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Mass Murder (Kabale)

Arsen Mbonyebyombi, while travelling from Kabale was picked up at a road block and bundled onto a military lorry full to capacity with civilians. They wer driven a few kilometres and while he was lucky enoughto be saved by a soldier friend, the rest were shot and burried in a shallow grave near the road.

Friday, 7 March 2008


Killed by Amin

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Samson Ocen

Commissioner of Prisons, killed near Mutukula in 1972. He was together with Odur Odula.


Killed in Mbarara 1972


Killed in Mbarara 1972

Orach pa Awa

Killed in September 1972. Ambushed during withdraw

Ministry of Information officials

One evening an unsuspecting UTV operator and producer rolled a film on at peak hour and the whole square head of Obote came on national TV scree. Ten seconds were enough to knock Amin and military spokesman into fits. The following morning heads rolled. Five seniour Ministry of Information Officials paid for it with their blood. Investigations exonerated them poshumously.

Massacre in Unyama (Gulu)

Individuals from Atyak, Palaro and Akokoro were intercepted at Unyama near Gulu and massacred.

Massacre in Tororo

Langi teenagers were intercepted in Tororo and killed. They were on their way to exile 1971.

UPC supporters

Hundreds were killed, in Gulu shortly after the coup

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CID officers

The CID officers involved int he investigations of Okoya's death were killed. On of them was killed in broad daylight as he fled from Gulu bus park towards Pece stadium.

Major Nyeko

At Malire (Lubiri) military barracks in Kampala 32 officer who were recalled from Onama's compulsory leave were herded into a cell. Major Nyeko managed to slip a note on toilet paper to his family that the end had come. They were blown up

Monday, 3 March 2008

Sergent Adal Lugwamoi

Sergent Adal Lugwamoi tried to flee, he was arrested at Karuma bridge and thrown into the river. When ever we cross Karuma bridge, that memory touches us alot.... Source (A relative)

Sergent Major Jackson Ongole

Lt Col Augustino Akwango was on his way back from holiday with my uncle Sergent Major Jackson Ongole.They camped at our home in Pece before they got a radio message to report back to Kampala in their base. Both of them were gunned down in the same spot in Lubiri. Source ( A nephew of the deceased....)

Matiya Akena,

ALG Kitgum,

Killed around cwero


Treasurer, Killed in 1972

Okidi Poromoi

Acholi Local government, Gulu; . Administrative Sec. Killed by Amin 1972

Ociti Laboke

Superintendent Ug Police, Killed in 1971 by Amin

Superintendant Ogaba

Superintendant Ogaba, UG Police Force;

Killed by Amin 1971

Sezi Ojok

Superintendant Ug Police Force;

Killed in 1971


Sunday, 2 March 2008

Matia Akena

killed in a bloody purge against Acoli by Amin

Coporal Onyac

Police Traffic Officer. murdered

Sgt Ocan

Police Special source p'ocr e

Second Lt. Lumoro Obol

stationed at Masindi. murdered

Sgt Maj Okullu


Maj. Odonga


Please await details.

Capt. Apenya Koloneri


Son of Eliya Aliker, Payira

Maj. Ilung of Atanga


Coporal Oyoo Olei

Killed 25th Jan 71

Sgt Major Otto – ALAI Marino

Sgt Major Otto – ALAI Marino of Malire Regiment Lubiri who was the youngest brother of Ocure murdered on 25th – Jan- 71,

Friday, 29 February 2008

Yekosfati Engur

Minsiter of Culture and Community Development. Liquidated.

Abdu Kato

engineer Uganda Hotels

Mr Okurut

Lawyer in Soroti

Natolo Masaba

Mbale politician

Mr Wafula

Senior Police Officer.

Capt Azo

Ugandan Army

Captain Ausi

Ugandan Army

Kamau Gitau

Kenyan Businessman

Mr Tomusange

East African Railways employee

A. Owuor

East African Railways Employee

J. Okech-Omara

East African Railways Employee.

Mr Mulekezi

District Commissioner, Bukedi

Mr Ocungi

Police C.i.d

Henry Berunga

Director, East African Railways.

Mr Ruhesi

Town Engineer, Jinja

Mr Nakibinge

Former Mayor of Kampala

Mr Nshekanabo

Manager, Rock Hotel, Tororo.

Dr Lubega

Manager of the Nile Mansion

Edward Kizito



Bulasio Kavuma

Old Buganda Statesman

Murdered in Cold Blood

Mr Sekitoleko

Businessman, Masaka.

James Buwembo



Comment Added (14th Oct 2010)

Paul Bitature

Businessman of Mbarara and former official of the East African Community.

Killed although his relatives had paid the ten thousand shillings ($1500 at the time) in ransom.

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi

Father Mukasa

(Priest) Masaka.

F. Wawuyo

Deputy Head of Police, C.I.D


Mr Simbwa

Engineer, Lugazi Sugar Works

Mr Waisi

Bugisu Coffee Union

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Captain Kayongo

Ugandan Army (killed John Kakonge and was then killed himself in 1977).

Captain Wolukusanga

Ugandan Army

Bagenda said...
Murdered in 1973. A Captain in Uganda Army. Was a friend The late J D Bagenda and a resident of Lungujja Kampala.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Paul Serwanga

On March 5, 1976, a student of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University, Paul Serwanga, was shot dead by an army captain who had developed an interest in his (Serwanga) girlfriend.

Okot (Tailor)

Okot was a tailor in Kasenke (Kampala)

He was abducted in broad day-light by state-research boys, and forced in the boot of a mercedes benz. The witness remembers part of the number plate as UGG, Mercedes 220. He was never seen again. In the process of his arrest, one of the murderers, clad in a bell-bottom trouser and dark glasses helped himself to Okot's wrist watch.

(Was Okot your relative, or did you know him, do you know anything about this incident?) Please enter details in the comments section

Major Festo Oyet

Killed by Idi Amin.

Please await details


Brother of Mzee Eryazali Lupiria Oola

Ochieng was the District Commissioner Arua District. He was brutally murdered by Amin in 1971.

If you have any details, please enter in the comments section

Friday, 8 February 2008

Baby 1

Thrown into river Kafu around 1978 when hidden money was found in his/her nappy.

Solomon Akena

Amin got rid of friends and foes alike

Amin promulgated a decree, as usual on the radio, directing security men to shoot on sight anyone suspected to be a Kondo (burgler). . Solomon Akena and his friend wer playing on an open ground in Kitgum. While chasing each other, a landrover driven by a soldier approached and Akena was shot dead.

Captain Okello

Picked up, shot and dumped at Karum falls. He crawled up, surfed the cataracts, avoiding the crocodiles and lions and reached a former Mowlem camp site nearby. He had treatment. Weaving through hazards, he finally fled to TZ

Major Obote

Air Commander. He had turned down Captain Obonyo's request to strafe Entebbe Airport and Amin's hideouts. He was picked up by people he ordered not to be bombed and murdered at Bobi, 16 kM FROM HIS BASE IN gULU.

Raymond Okidi

Working in Local Government. Killed with three others. They were summonsed by Amin to explain or report progress etc. Unfortunately some unknown people privately contradicted their reports and Amin executed them instantly.

His son was called "Sunday". Anyone with information please add in the comments section.

Odong brother of Okwera

Slain in broad day light in Gulu town by intelligence agents.

Lagony Okello

Shot in Gulu custom corner by armed Amin's men from Chui battalion. The late Lagony was residing at the residence of the late Lapwony Eromiya Opiyo about 1978. He died in front of a club known as Disco. His body was left there for school children to see. Ladujah was a child who saw and can verify.

Oyoo (shop keeper)

Lira palwo trading centre, Ocaya. Shot dead as he tried to flee in 1974-5.

Okwera (Agency)

Killed with his brother

Wengbitum said...
Okwera and his older brother Agweto Nyeko were gunned down right infront of their hotel (New Acholi Lodge) on the main street and left there. The bodies were burried at home by family. This happened on or about 17th February 1977 on or about 10 am. This was the same time when those of the late Archbishop were murdered in Kampala. Their death was also in the national news - reported as two persons who were shot while resisting arrest for consealing weapons which were coup plot. Nyeko managed the Hotel which was one of the most popular in town those days. Apparently Okwera was followed by security agents as he walked in the New Acholi Lodge. They tried to forcefully take him with them. When Nyeko saw that he tried to intervene to protect his brother. When they had almost overpowered the agents, the were shot and killed.

Ocaya "Pici"

Shop keeper in Ogom trading center. from Kaka Pukor.

Arrested at night by Amin's soldiers in 1975. His body hasn't been found. One of his son's was called Samuel Baker.

(If you have further information Re: Okot Pici, please write it in the comments section)

Ochan Adanya (Lapwony)

A teacher from Patongo Primary School. Taken by Amin's soldiers and beheaded on trumped up charges in 1975


Resident of Gulu, killed in 1979. His two sons used his name Odida. One was known as "Odii" Cricket


Military Man. Daughters include Diana Achan


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Shot dead by one of Amin's colonels in a bar at Natete and lied that the girl whom the deceased was flirting with was his wife? The colonel was jailed for eight years and freed by the current regime.

Major Kakuhikire

Army Headquarters

Killed by Amin

Prince Ruhinda

Major General William Ndahendekire

Killed by Amin

Major Katabarwa



Full names unknown, but this is the Father of Alfred Akena, Agoda/Godfrey Nyeko/ Odonga/ Akumu / Ayaa and Ocaya.

Ocaya developed mental problems in the 1980s, once causing commotion i.e high speed chase by driving away Lt.Chana's car.


Murdered in cold blood by Amin's regime 1976

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Thursday, 7 February 2008

Dr Sembeguya

General Practitioner, Kawempe

Murdered in cold blood

C. Obalim

Uganda Army.

Murdered in cold blood

Caxton Njuki

Killed by Amin

Dr Barlow

Killed by Amin

Dan Parma

Galabuzi Mukasa

Anna Kampi

Killed by Amin

George Kamba

Ambassador to india and West Germany


Sunday, 3 February 2008


Ladit won Kilega

Otim (omin Oloko ki winyo)

Otim omin Oloko ki winyo madit wod pa Daudi Odoch me Bwobo Ma Nam, lakwa Lugali-jo pa Onywange gi,

Eunoka Lajul omin wora (Lakwa Abili Codomo me patuda) Omin Latigo Lapoti,

Killed by Amin between 21st - 25th September 1972 together with Odur Odula near Mutukula.

Contributer's identity has been witheld.

Robert Bob Onono

Ladit wod pa Langole me i onywange- obedo ladit me Kabale Prison ki neko en sometime between 1977-78. He was a great man, fast talker and a sharp wit.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Simayo Oryem

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Captain Saverio Owiny

Popularly known as "Save". Liquidated in 1975. He was based in Makindye Military Establishment
He was residing at Old Kampala. His body has never been found. He just vanished.

Captain Kop-tuwa

Vanished in 1975, please standby for details. Kop-tuwa was in charge of artillery, 1975

Mr Wamalwa

Saif Ibrahim: Ibrahim recalls the case of a rich businessman who had run away to Kenya but was kidnapped in Nairobi and repatriated. "This man, Mr Wamalwa, I pitied him . . . they took a lot of money from him trying to buy his freedom, but in the end they killed him all the same. I knew Mr Wamalwa and I used to talk to him while in custody."

R.L Kisajja

Personnel Manager, Nyanza Textiles Industries, was also killed in 1972. Kisajja is brother the brother of Henry Kyemba, who served in Amin's Government.

Otto from Bobi

Uganda Police Officer: Brother of Labongo from Bobi. Father of the late journalist Radio Uganda presenter Ronald Mike Ochan (RIP)

(Add more information in the comments section)


Of Lacekocot: Father of Kamao or "Amao"(RIP).

Grand son of Awic

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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Lt Col John Ebitu

, Commanding Officer of the Ordinance Depot, Magamaga. Murdered!

Lt Col John Ebitu, was reported missing. March 1971.

Lt Col Oboma Ayumu

Lt Col Oboma Ayumu, Commander of the Border Guards, Fort Portal

On 5th March 1971, Oboma the commander of Boarder Guard Unit at Fort Portal, was arrestted at his brother-in-law's house, taken to Makindye and blown up with thirty two other prisoners.

Lt Col Tom Loyira

- Commanding Officer, Moroto Battalion

He was in hiding but he answered Amin's call for soldiers o surrender. He ended up in Makindye and was blown up.

Then it was Makindye Military barracks, similar killings of Acholi and Langi soldiers had continued since the coup. At least 82 of the soldiers on leave who reported to Makindye military barracks on 5th March 1971, were herded into the notorious “ Singapore ” cell and blown to pieces by grenades thrown inside the cell. Grenade blasts were heard all over Kampala prompting a statement from Gen Idi Amin in an effort to shield what his soldiers were doing to their own fellow soldiers as “soldiers destroying defective bombs”. Officers blasted at the “ Singapore ” cell included, Lt Col Tom Loyira

Col Maseura Arach

The commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade, Mbale, Col Maseura Arach who was also arrested in Jinja, was tortured and beaten to death; his penis was severed and shoved in his mouth, a practice which became more and more common across the country in cold blooded murder cases.

Following the deaths of the two COs, a bugle was sounded in the early hours of the 11th of July 1971, for soldiers to fall out (assemble); over 450 Acholi and Langi soldiers were isolated, then herded into what was a storage facility. Outside soldiers loyal to Idi Amin; were ordered to open fire indiscriminately at the facility killing all occupants.

Lt Col Albertino Langoya

At the Army School of Infantry In Jinja, the commanding Officer Lt Col Albertino Langoya was killed and his stomach split open with the use of a machete.

over 200 Acholi and Langi soldiers were killed in a staging reminiscent to that in Malire (Lubiri army barracks), in Kampala; some who managed to escaped, sought sanctuary in the Kakira Sugar Works plantation, they were hunted down with the help of the locals and killed. The slaughter of Acholi and Langi officers and men had started on a large scale across the country in army barracks.

Lt Col Agustino Akwango

In the army, the day after the Amin coup, the first batch of Acholi and Langi soldiers were killed at the Malire (Lubiri) Mechanized barracks, including its commanding officer Lt Col Akwango.

Lt Col Augustino Akwango was on his way back from holiday Sergent Major Jackson Ongole. They camped at our home in Pece before they got a radio message to report back to Kampala in their base. Both of them were gunned down in the same spot in Lubiri.... Source Nephew (........)


Kibedi's writing to Amin ": a Langi officer who fought on your side in the coup. Liquidated (with
others) at Magamaga in July 1971, simply because of his tribe."

ONZIMA (Captain)

: at the time of the coup he captured Gulu Air Base for Amin, which was no
easy task since Gulu had resisted the military takeover. Where is he? Liquidated without trial.

Refouled from Kenya to face death in 1973 together with Capt Aswa.


: he worked closely with Amin in setting up the "State Research Unit", which operated
from Amin's office,' and he became first head of that unit. Where is he? Gone missing.... Liquidated

Hereunder is what Kibedi wrote to Amin Re: Ozi
"In October, 1973 you dismissed MAJOR OZI, Chief of the "State Research Unit" "because it has
been proved that all subversive activities including kidnapping and killing of people were carried out with the knowledge of Major Ozi". You accused Ozi of having issued documents to Kondos (robbers) "who went round claiming that they were from the President's Office", and further claimed that "some of these documents, bearing the signature of Major Ozi are now in the hands of the Military Police". You never put 0zi on trial of any kind, nor did you produce the documentary and other evidence claimed to incriminate him. After your accusations, Ozi simply went missing."


(liquidated in September 1972), who was at the time the Administrative Secretary of
Busoga District (the most populous District in the country), and RUHESI(abducted together with Kasigwa)


was Manager of a small business in Jinja at the time of her liquidation in December


a local trader in Jinja, where he was liquidated in September 1972.


was Personnel Manager at Nyanza Textiles Ltd., Jinja, at the time of his liquidation
in September 1972.


was Town Treasurer of Jinja Municipal Cauncil at the time of his liquidation
in September 1972.


A Czech-trained engineer, who at the time of his liquidation in February 1973
was working at Makerere University.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

John Kabandize

, former senior superintendent of prisons.

E. N. Mutabazi

E. N. Mutabazi; former superintendent of prisons

Peter Atua

, former principal officer with Luzira Prison

Daniel Nsereko

, former assistant commissioner of police;

Killed by Amin

Ben Ongom

Ben Ongom, businessman

Julius Peter Adupa

Julius Peter Adupa, former teacher in Lira;

Garison S. Onono

Garison S. Onono, former principal of Bobi Foundation School

Elias Okidi-Menya

Elias Okidi-Menya, former general manager of Lake Victoria Bottling Co;

Ben Ongom

Ben Ongom

Erisa Kironde

Uganda Red Cross Chairman .

Joshua Luyimbazi-Zake

Joshua Luyimbazi-Zake

Capt. Avudria

Capt. Avudria; Uganda Army.

Norah Amin

Norah Amin, Divorced.

Capt. Sam Aswa

Capt. Sam Aswa;

Kibedi's writing to Amin "CAPTAIN ASWA: as Warrant Officer Class II he made the very first official announcement after the coup, reading out the 18 reasons and introducing you to the people of Uganda. Where is he? Liquidated without trial."

Warrant Offier Aswa who read the 18 points ushering in the military dic tatorship, and had been promoted to captain, died. After being rewarded with a huge hardware shop left by an Asian, he sold the stock, left fro Nairobi and lived lavishly in big hotels. When his turn came, the Kenyan Governement repartriated him. He was arrested and taken to Amin. Aswa's crimes were never disclosed. A doctor who saw the body in the mortuary at Mulato Hospital said he was shot in the forehead, the bullet going through the back of the neck. However the postmortem report in the Voice of Uganda said he died of shock.

Are you related to Aswa, are you one of his children? What is your take on this? Do you have any information?. Please write.

Anil Clerk

Anil Clerk; Lawyer

Haji Ali Kisekka

Haji Ali Kisekka; Pioneer Journalist, Deputy Minister in the East African Community

James Ochola

James Ochola; Obote's Minister for Local Government

Augustine Kamya

Augustine Kamya; Founder of the National Movement that organized the economic boycott of the late 1950s. Businessman, Kampala

Mathias Omuge

M. Omuge;  Liquidated

Director of Uganda TV.

David Ocaya

Murdered in 1972

David Ocaya; Corporation Secretary, Lint Marketing Board

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi

Elizabeth Mawagi

Elizabeth Mawagi; Lawyer

E.R.K Mawagi

Lt. Col. Lugonya

Lt. Col. Lugonya; Uganda Army H.Q.

Leonard Kigonya

Leonard Kigonya; Commissioner of Prisons

Patrick Ruhinda


Murdered in 1972

Social Origins of Violence in Uganda, 1964-1985

 By A. Kasozi

Henry Berunga

Regional Director of East African Railways

E.W. Nakubinge

Mayor Kampala

James Bwogi

Director UTV.

TV viewers vividly recall the drama he staged on the occasion of the rmoval of the bronze casting of Obote's sculpture from the archway of the approach to the Uganda Parliament buildings. He demonstrated his production ability and rhythimically ortrayed the dislike for Obote the villain, and glorified the new regime. One would have thought his programme meritted an appreciation or a reward. Instead,, soon after and for an unknown offence, Bwogi was killed by the same people he had glorified. His real crime was never made public and he was soon forgotten by friends and foes alike.

Henry Kagoda

Commissioner of Veterinary Services

Killed by Amin


Corporation Secretary of the National Insurance Corporation.

Professor Emiru

Government Consultant physician. liquidated.

eye consultant, Mulago Hospital

Brig. Hussein

Deputy to Amin at the time of coup

it is important to point out that the Army Chief of Staff, Brigadier Hussein is among the first non Acholi or Lango officer known to have been killed; he was severely beaten and his severed head was delivered in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at Amin’s residence, later known as the “Command Post”.

Mohammed Hassan

Chief of CID under Obote

On 5th feb 1971, Hassan was killed and his body is believed to have been delivered to Amin.

Fabian Okware;

Commissioner of Prisons under Obote, Amin's Minister of Agriculture.

Godfrey Kiggala

Foreign Service official -murdered presumably because of an affair with one of Amin's secret mistress

L. Ssebanakitta;

Kabaka's right hand man and Principal Chief in Buganda.

Joseph Mubiru

Governor Bank of Uganda. Murdered in 1972

Dr. F.G Ssembeguya

Member of Parliament

John / William Kalema

Obote's Minister of Commerce and Industry. Murdered by Amin.

Jimmy Parma

Photographer with the Voice of Uganda was murdered after he took pictures of Bloch's body. His body was found riddled with bullets and lacerated by knife wounds.

Gaudin Odwong


Killed by Amin

Abdullah Anyuru

Was shot Dead in 1977

Brigadier Guwedeko

Brig. Smutts Guwedeko; Alleged compliance in Okoya murder

Airforce Commander.


Ali Picho

Obote's Secretary of Research

Killed in 1972

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Express FC Victims

Express Football club became known as "Club of the dead" because so many of its officials and supporters had ben murdered. In any Army-Express match the army team had to win If it lost, the crowd would be in for a beating for being anti-army.

Mass Murder (Mutukula)

Immediately after the coup, about 800 officers from the police, army and obote's secret police, GSU had ben arrested and detained in Luzira prison. Among them was a friend of mine who told me what happened. On december 29th 1971 after almost a year's detention and many futile attempts to have them released, they were all blindfolded and transferred by buses under army escort to Mutukula prison. There 45 officers and between 250 noncommissioned officers were slaughtered. They were buried by those who still survived. On January 25th the first anniversary of the coup, Amin announced a general amnesty for all detainees....... H.Kyemba

Mass Murder (Jinja)

Hundreds of Acholi and Lango soldiers were murdered in Jinja. The acting commander at Jinja was Colonel Suleiman, a relative of ~Amin's.

Mass Murder (Mbarara)

Hundreds of Acholi and Langi soldiers were massacred in mbarara in early July 1971

Mass Murder (Sudan)

Several hundred people - Soldiers and civillians fled into Sudan intending to join Obote. They were stopped by Sudanese guerrillas and later executed on Amin's orders.

Mass Murder (Lira)

Of the several hundred Langi and Acholi soldiers who had obeyed Amin's call to report back to their barracks at Lira, scores were bayoneted and trhown into the Nile.......H Kyemba

Mass Murder (Malire)

Thirty two senior Langi and Acholi officers were herded into a room and blown up with explosives.