Mbabazi: I will return Idi Amin remains


Go Forward candidate, Amama Mbabazi, has promised to bring back home former president Idi Amin’s remains.

Mbabazi made the pledge while campaigning in Koboko North in the West Nile on Tuesday.

Mbabazi visited the ancestral home of former President Idi Amin.

He promised that he would bring the remains of the fallen leader and forgive the past.

“It is time to forgive the past and move on,” Amama said emphasising reconciliation.

Idi Amin Dada (1923-28 – 16 August 2003) was the third President of Uganda, ruling from 1971 to 1979.

Amin joined the British colonial regiment, the King’s African Rifles, in 1946, serving in Kenya and Uganda.

Eventually, Amin held the rank of major general in the post-colonial Ugandan Army, and became its commander before seizing power in the military coup of January 1971, deposing Milton Obote.

He later promoted himself to field marshal while he was the head of state.

Amin’s rule was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement.

Dissent within Uganda and Amin’s attempt to annex the Kagera province of Tanzania in 1978, led to the Uganda–Tanzania War and the demise of his eight-year regime, leading Amin to flee into exile to Libya and then Saudi Arabia, where he lived until his death on 16 August 2003.

Mbabazi is ready to return Amin’s remains once he is elected president.

He said the message of Go Forward which includes recompilation has spread well.

In Yumbe district, NRM members defected to Go Forward handing Mbabazi their cards at the rallies.

In Koboko Municipality and Koboko North, Mbabazi said he will move forward to a peaceful change of government and for a change in policy where the citizen comes first.


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