Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, has challenged FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, to produce evidence in what he claims to be the murder of Dr Andrew Kayira.
Dr Kayiira, the leader of Uganda Freedom Movement, was gunned down around midnight at the home of his friend Henry Gombya, a then BBC correspondent in Lukuli, a Kampala suburb, on March 6, 1987.
In February 1986, when Mr Museveni’s victorious National Resistance Movement (NRM) rebels formed a Cabinet, Dr Kayiira was made minister of Energy but he soon fell out with the regime and was charged with treason.
On Tuesday, Besigye visited the resting place of the Late Dr. Lutakome Andrew Kayiira in Masulita – Wakiso district.
According to Besigye, Kayiira died under mysterious circumstances.
After laying the wreath on the grave, Dr Besigye said that “remembering people who died fighting for freedom in Uganda in a period we are in now energises us to push on”.
He promised to set up a commission of inquiry into Kayiira’s assassination.
“When I win the presidential elections, the first thing I will do is to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate how Kayiira’s death happened and even to investigate all other killings of other Ugandans that have happened,” Besigye is quoted by Daily Monitor as saying.
He added: “I will try to work hard to have Kayiira’s legacy remembered. That’s why I have promised to investigate his death when I come to power next month.”
Besigye who was part of the Bush War commanders and served with him in the first NRM government, praised the former UFM leader as a great man who worked so much to liberate Uganda in different ways.
Besigye said he fought with Kayiira in the Bush War that brought the NRM to power in 1986 and Dr Kayiira should be respected and remembered.
Opondo, however, challenged Besigye to speak out on what he knows about Kayiira’s death.
“@kizzabesigye1 reveal what you know,” Opondo said in a tweet quoting a newspaper article on the same.
NRM lawyer, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, described Besigye’s talk as “just politicking”.
“When Kayiira died, he was in government and even served a minister,” Kiwanuka said in a tweet.