Thursday, 28 February 2013

Eliphaz Laki

Eliphaz Laki, Former County Chief of Ibanda, Mbarara

Amin Era Soldier Faces Murder Charge
©New Vision (Kampala)
July 7, 2001

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.
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The Teeth May Smile But The Heart Does Not Forget

Murder and memory in Uganda.

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The Teeth May Smile But The Heart Does Not Forget
The accused (from left): Mohammed Anyule, Nasur Gille, and Yusuf Gowon. Photo by Andrew Rice.
Uganda is considered one of the great success stories of Africa. But today’s relative calm and prosperity belies the country’s dark past under the regime of military dictator Idi Amin Dada. Among the tens of thousands of atrocities committed during Amin’s brutal reign was the politically motivated execution of local chief Eliphaz Laki, who was “taken” on September 22, 1972, when his son Duncan was just nine years old.
For close to three decades, Duncan wondered about the mysterious circumstances surrounding his dad’s disappearance. Over the years, he made several halting attempts to identify his father’s killers, but his efforts went for naught until he discovered that Eliphaz’s Volkswagen Beetle had been registered in another man’s name in November 1972. Beginning with that key bit of information, Duncan tracked down those allegedly responsible for his father’s murder—former Amin chief of staff Yusuf Gowon, triggerman Nasur Gille and informer Mohammed Anyule—and had them arrested for their crimes.
Duncan’s attempt to bring Gowon and his co-defendants to justice roiled parts of Uganda, a country that has taken a “forgive and forget” approach to its bloody past. At the same time, his determined action seemed to assuage fellow victims of Amin-era violence, who had long been denied the opportunity to seek reconciliation or witness a day of reckoning.

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