Museveni named chief mourner


Ugandan president Yoweri Musveni has been named chief mourner of fallen former foreign affairs minister Ambassador Joshua Wanume Kibedi.

Kibedi’s body is expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday at aboard an Emirates Airlines flight at 12.50pm.

The repatriation of Kibedi’s remains was reportedly facilitated by President Museveni, following an appeal from his cousin the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs, Al Haji Ally Kirunda Kivejinja.

According to Kivejinja Kibedi is to be laid to rest at his home in Nabitende Village, off Namalemba trading centre, 10km on the Iganga-Tirinyi highway on Saturday.

Mr Wanume Kibedi died on June 13 at St. Thomas Hospital in London of complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis.

Kibedi became the youngest Foreign Affairs Minister of Uganda when his brother-in-law, former president Idi Amin Dada appointed him to head the Foreign Affairs docket.

In April 1973, Mr Kibedi who was at the time attending an Organization of African Unity (OAU) conference meeting of Minsters in Ghana announced his resignation and fled into exile in Britain after it emerged that president Amin had been responsible for the murder of his Uncle, former Obote I Minister, and Chairman of UPC in Busoga, Shaban Nkutu.

He was to later actively participate in activities aimed at causing regime change in Uganda.

He was also an activist in the NRM’s external wing during the 1981-1986 bush war

He served as Uganda’s Ambassador to the United Nations during the early days of the NRM government. His last government post was that of Chairman of the Immigration and Citizenship Control Board.

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