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I Am The Only Woman To Have Ever Ruled Uganda – Amin’s Wife Madina Narrates How She Ruled Uganda For 10 Days…

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The late Idi Amin's wife Madina Amin (Courtesy photo)

Madina Amin, wife to former historical president, Idi Amin Dada cleared the air on her late husband’s brutality, mass killings and stealing of public funds, among others.

Madina recalls that her first encounter with Amin was at Silver springs as a performer. Amin later through Malyamungu, his right hand man, schedule for a meeting with Madina at an army camp.

Madina was initially invited on grounds of a job offer, but on meeting Amin, he was quick to make it clear that he wanted to take her as his official wife.

“And how could a young, ambitious woman in Madina turn down a man as ambitious and charming like Idi Amin Dada?” she said.

On what exactly attracted her to Amin, who was not yet president at the time, Madina says she was impressed with his socially diverse character.

The relationship was however unstable at the beginning. The two lovers could hardly meet as that was coincidentally the same time Amin was too busy bidding to capture power.

In 1971 around January, when the field Marshall finally captured power, they started having enough time together.

Before stopping her from performing as an entertainer, Amin invited Madina with her performing group on almost every occasion, she travelled with him  there wherever he went.

He later got her a house in Kololo. And that’s where she had their first son Abdul Nasser Mwanga, named after a prominent Buganda King on the 28th of May in 1972.

Madina says that Amin’s mother predicted his son’s presidency. She also told him to retain and preserve the Buganda kingdom legacy, because they had been good to them as Nubians.

As required in the Muslim faith, Madina officially introduced Amin to her family.

“Amin historically did that in a quite remarkable fashion. As Head of state, he drove alongside two of his men, plus four others who he had sent there earlier, making an entourage of only six people who accompanied him to officially take his wife to his home, from her parents.

Only Idi Amin has done that as president,” she said.

At one time when he was president, Amin controversially announced to the public his break up with three of his four (4) wives.

Even though Amin was allegedly brutal and a rough administrator, ironically, he was a calm, loving family man.

Madina says that he loved his kids and when he came back home after a long day’s work, he used to sit down on the carpet and play with them even after a hectic long day in office.

At home, Amin was not as violent as perceived by the public and even though he was a strict disciplinarian when necessary and a very religious man, “Idi Amin was a staunch believer and staunch believer of the Muslim faith,” she says.

The fallen general’s widow justifiably describes his late husband as a free man who only found it necessary to devise strictness as his core administrative plan, given the defiant nature of Ugandans.

As observed by Madina, Amin moved with a gun; in his car, besides the bed, everywhere!

Madina says that he also equipped his wife with a pistol upon her completion of a 3 months military training.

One time as the head of state and OAU chairman, Amin survived a grenade attack on his way home. His body guard got injured in the process. Amin personally drove him to Mulago hospital for treatment. On reaching home, stained with blood, he told her to give him clean clothes, and he headed straight back to state house to work.

As a first lady, Madina with a utter sadness on her face recollects the bitter memories of the Israel rescue attack on the Ugandan at Entebbe international airport on the 4th of July, 1976.

She refers to it as an honestly very hard time to live with in the mind.

“It was a horrible experience, when they came to take their people, they left so many of our people dead,” Madina recalls.

With ample knowledge about her own husband, Madina Amin claims Idi Amin never had any money or secret bank accounts outside Uganda.

“Even when he fled the country, he took very little money and his briefcase, not bags of money most people claim. And that’s also relatively why we, his family are only living a normal life, not as luxurious as is the trend with other first families,” Madina narrates.

Madina further stresses that if there’s any time Amin appeared with sacks of cash, it was from outside to Uganda, not from Uganda.

“Like when his friend Gaddhafi offered him sacks of money from Libya, I told him to let us retain at least a sack in the house as family but he boldly said no? He told me it’s the country’s money, not ours,” narrated a rather proud Madina.

He would later the following morning pack all the sacks of money and send them to the national commercial bank.

In a televised interview, Madina exclaimed, “It’s hard governing a whole county. Presidents hardly ever sleep.

This I know because I officially presided over Uganda for a whole 240 hours. I am the only woman to have ever ruled Uganda.”

Madina says that when her husband left for a ten days trip abroad on confidential duties, he installed her as acting President. Madina says that Amin informed his cabinet and diplomats that she was in charge until his return.

She narrates that she governed the country at the comfort of her home in Kololo. She later handed back power to her husband she he returned on the 11th day of her governance.

The former first lady, admits that it’s so stressing to live powerlessly, having been in, and out of power before.

“Now I bypass my house in Kololo that my husband bought for me, and it’s an ambassador who resides in it because the government took it over,” Madina revealed.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Mafias Wanted Kaka Killed In Angola – Former Spy Master’s Blue Eyed Boy Sobi Reveals How They Are Ready To Face Their Tormentors….

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Sobi (L) and Kaka (R)

Embattled former commandant of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Col. Frank Bagyenda Kaka’s blue-eyed boy Sobi has told theGrapevine why his former boss allegedly refused president Yoweri Museveni’s new assignment to become the Uganda’s ambassador in Angola.

Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Paddy Sserunjogi alias Sobi disclosed that the people behind Col Kaka’s new assignment are mafias who wanted him dead or wanted him taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and charged with different offences including crimes against humanity.

“Muzeeyi (Col Kaka) is going nowhere, those people wanted to kill him from Angola. This is not the first time he is fired from serving in a government office, he will not go there,” Sobi insisted.

He revealed that when they received the bad news that Kaka was fired, they sat down and started preparing how they were going to overcome the crisis that will come after since they had stepped in many toes, especially criminals.

He boasted that they are more than ready to face all criminal charges being fabricated by their enemies.

“We don’t want to be taken to the international courts, we have good judicial officers here in Uganda who can hear the case and give impartial judgement like that woman Justice Elizabeth Jane Alividza. She is a tough woman and everyone in Luzira prison fears to be before her but she delivers justice,” Sobi noted.

He insisted that all people who are threatening to sue them are biased against the former commandant at ISO because he broke all the channels they were using to get money like dealing with opposition politicians and criminals.

It should be noted that days after Col. Kaka’s dismissal, there was news that he had been appointed as Uganda’s ambassador to Angola.

Kaka was replaced with Col. Charles Oluka.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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M7 Hides Behind Different Faces To Attack Naive And Unsuspecting Ugandans – Gashumba….

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Businessman and Sisimuka Uganda boss, Frank M Gashumba has asserted that peace loving Ugandans have no genuine reason to celebrate about the notable changes sacking going on in powerful positions.

The motor-mouthed political commentator says that  as long as Museveni is still the President, he is the man in full charge, and a mere shift in command doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the situation will improve under the same chief commander.

He argued that Ugandans are simply naive and absent minded, if not so forgetful to fail to account for events like those surrounding them.

Gashumba, who is famed for coming up with controversial political opinions quickly recurred to about a month ago, when Ugandans on various social media platforms, TVs verbally ran riot on CDF Gen. David Muhoozi, accusing him of involving himself in partisan politics, after it was allegedly stated that he had secretly met with Mr. Kibalama of NUP in an attempt to manipulate his stand on the NUP party ownership.

Gashumba opined that all the atrocities committed by chief security agancies are masterminded by President Museveni himself, who only assigns his messengers to finish off the job for him.

“What you need to know, however, is that there is a 90.9% chance that the CDF met Mr. Kibalama on orders of the Commander in Chief, Gen of the National Resistant Army (NRA) and our current president, Yoweri Kaguta Tibahaburwa Museveni Ssabalwanyi,” Gashumba stressed.

Gashumba cited, Gen. Kale Kayihura, Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda, Gen. David Tinyefuza, Kakooza Mutale, CDF, Gen. David Muhoozi and labelled all of them president Museveni’s Messengers, insinuating that Ugandans should therefore be on the look out for any other messengers of the same being. “Is there any messenger you know?” he asked.

Gashumba ascertains that everything that Kayihura did as the IGP was simply to protect his master Gen. Museveni.

“It’s on record that Gen Museveni praised the then IGP Gen Kale Kayihura as the best cadre NRM has ever produced simply implying that he was implementing the NRM work plan,” he stated.

He recited that the torture chambers like Nalufenya where civilians were overwhelmingly tortured from was done  under Kayihura’s watch and supervision. Gashumba asked if Kayihura’s being sacked as the IGP has stopped the atrocities against the opposition and the civilians. He said that crimes have not reduced significantly, but are rather on the rise.

“What you need to understand is that the people committing these crimes are not the problem but rather the appointing authority under whom they operate. Instead of focusing on the instigators of these atrocities, we need to recognize the elephant in the room and know that for as long as it’s still seated in our midst, not much is going to change,” suggested Gashumba.

Gashumba submitted that Gen. Museveni for a specific mission and given period of time deploys someone who will execute his mission and later dumps them by having them sacked.

He further put forward that when Museveni appoints such people in various positions, he ably provides them with all the money and power and the pomp to match the status.

Hopping to the most related incident, Gashumba quickly pointed at Col. Frank Kaka Bagyenda who was sacked by Museveni after serving for about two years as the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) chief.

“I see these wannabe lawyers in the city claiming that Colonel Kaka Bagyenda is personally liable for the alleged torture of Ugandans in various safe houses in the country. To you jobless lawyers, safe houses have existed in Uganda since 1986 and even after Kaka’s exit, they will continue to exist until we solve the problem of the appointing authority,” Gashumba stated, ascertaining that safe houses cannot exist in a country without the prior knowledge of the President.

Gashumba recalled the controversial statement made by Gen David Tinyefunza, the then coordinator for intelligence services when the black mamba attacked the High Court in 2005?

He quoted him to have stated, “Invansion of the high court couldn’t have occurred without the express authority and instruction of the highest office of the country”.

“By the way, does anyone remember the atrocities committed by the Kalangala action plan in the early 2000s? Who was behind these atrocities? And on whose authorization were those atrocities committed? Do you remember when Gen Museveni reprimanded his VP Gilbert Bukenya?” Gashumba queried, submitting that Bukenya’s crime was meeting with the Buganda Generals at the time.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Parliament Hastily Approves 220 Budget To Construct Roads In Congo Amidst Resistance From Other Legislators….

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Parliament has passed a supplementary budget of upto Shs 3.7 trillion amidst resistance from both opposition and some NRM legislators, some of whom wanted to know why government was asking for more money, months after the first budget was passed.

Of the total Shs 3.7 trillion, Shs. 220 billion was granted to the Ministry of Works and Transport to facilitate the construction of the roads in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo met the most resistance from both NRM and opposition legislators who wanted to know the details of the MoU between the two countries. There move has also led to an uproar from the public who questioned why Uganda would invest billions of Shillings in another country, yet its own infrastructure is wanting.

But the MP’s efforts to deter the approval of the money pending tabling of the agreements was in vain because when the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga posed the question asking if the funds should be approved, the majority voted in support. Kadaga said that the road was vital especially at a time when Ugandan products are blocked from accessing markets like Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda and Tanzania.

The works Ministry says that the 2.2 billion Shillings will efficiently aid Uganda’s quest to boost business around the border area by jointly constructing a 223-kilometre road with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Uganda and DRC apparently got into a bilateral agreement that will see both countries implement strategic infrastructure projects which includes constructing the road from Kasindi to Beni measuring about 80 kilometres, Beni to Butembo measuring 54 kilometres and the Bunagana border to Ruchuru-Goma road which measures 89 kilometres.

Uganda will according to the agreement contribute 20 per cent of the total cost of the project estimated at USD 334.5 million, as a measure to boost trade between the two countries. But the move attracted huge criticism from legislators.

Budget Committee chairperson Amos Lugolobi who presented the report, which in total sought a supplementary budget if 3.7 trillion Shillings, recommended that the signed agreements should be laid in Parliament before implementation of the project commences.

Works Minister General Edward Katumba Wamala committed to providing the documents before project works commence.

In the same supplementary budget Shs 451 billion has been allocated to State House of which Shs 400 billion is for classified expenditure and Shs 1 billion for scientists developing the Anti-tick vaccine.

In the biggest share of the grant, Shs 1.2trillion has been allocated to the Ministry of Defence and Veterans to cater for mainly classified development expenditure, while Shs 2.4 billion will be given to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate the movement of new officers abroad.

The Electoral Commission has been given an additional Shs 50 billion; Uganda Police Force Shs 30 billion, Uganda Prisons Service Shs 10 billion; Shs 100 billion for NAADS and Shs 10 billion is for the various local governments.

The National Medical Stores will take Shs 50 billion; the Ministry of Finance Shs 95.6 billion; Shs 50 billion will be given to the Ministry of Energy while the Ministry of Justice has been allocated Shs 30 billion.

Also the Shs 50 billion that was allocated to the Ministry of Health to procure face masks generated a serious debate as legislators questioned the accountability of the first Shs 82 billion that was meant for the same purpose.

The MPs however agreed to allocate an additional Shs 89.3 billion to the ministry of Health to help in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 disease.

 

By Baron Kironde

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