President Yoweri Museveni has paid a glowing tribute to the late Hon. Joshua Wanume Kibedi for his role in the defeat of former Ugandan dictators.
Museveni made the remarks Saturday in Iganga district where, as a chief mourner, he had gone to bury the late Kibedi.
Kibedi served as foreign affairs minister in the Amin regime before quitting.
“Kibedi also was our Permanent Representative at the UN. I salute him for his contribution to the struggle that liberated Uganda from dictatorship,” Museveni told mourners.
He said Kibedi belonged to a generation that did its historical duty; a generation that dealt with a lot of problems.
“Uganda then was full of uncertainty but Kibedi was among those who took a line of patriotism and Pan-Africanism which later matured into peace for Uganda.”
Museveni said Kibedi’s resignation from then President Idi Amin cabinet and that of others was a big boost to the struggle because it exposed the regime.
“I commend him for raising his family even while he lived in exile. His children and others should emulate him. May his soul rest in peace.”
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, also earlier paid tribute to the late for standing up to fight for what was right.
The Speaker made these remarks at All Saints Cathedral, Nakesero during a funeral service for the late Kibedi who died on Monday, 13th June 2016 in the United Kingdom after a long illness.
Kadaga said the late Kibedi was an exemplary and courageous man who stood out against all odds for what was right.
The late Joshua Wanume Kibedi, a British trained lawyer, served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1971 to 1973 during Idi Amin’s reign.
He then served as the Ambassador of Uganda to the United Nations in 1986 and later as the Chairman of the Immigration and Citizenship Control Board in 2012.
The late Kibedi was laid to rest at his home in Nabitende village in Iganga district on Saturday, 2nd July 2016.