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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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M7 Demonstrates He Is Still Fit To Run Uganda, Increases Push-ups From 30 To 40….

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President Yoweri Museveni has released another video exhibiting his physical abilities in a 40 push up challenge.

Leading by example, Museveni initiated the challenge as a means to facilitate the ‘Stay home, Stay safe’ campaign which encourages Ugandans to observe the Standard Operating Procedures as a way of combating the COVID19.

“Just like I have always advised, even at your own home, you can stay safe, and remain fit and healthy,” Museveni stated.

From releasing a hip hop rap song, to trotting all the way to the podium at his addresses, Museveni is so peculiar with pulling off humorously controversial stunts. This is the second video of that sort, having released another of the same kind earlier on this year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Similar to the first, in the video, the head of state is caught on camera running around his office barefoot in a sleeveless shirt and trainer pants. The only difference is this time round, the pushups were a bit proper than the in the first attempt.

The incumbent president capitalised the moment to remind Ugandans how fit he is to run in the next election.

“After work last night, I challenged my Bazukulu (grandchildren) to an indoor work-out. We did Forty Push-ups,” Museveni said on his official social media platforms.

After work last night, I challenged my Bazukulu to an indoor work-out. We did Forty Push-ups.

Just like I have always advised, even at your own home, you can stay safe, and remain fit and healthy.

Posted by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Former MP Kipoi Losses Constitution Petition In Treason Case After His Lawyer Failed To Renew Practicing License…

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Embattled former Bubulo West Member of Parliament (MP) Tonny Kipoi has lost his constitution petition in the constitutional court after his lawyer failed to renew his practicing license.

Kipoi through his lawyer Rtd. Maj. Ronald Iduli challenged section 119 of the UPDF Act which allows the court martial to charge any civilian found in possession of firearms.

In his petition, Kipoi claimed that the said article undermined the independence of judiciary especially the criminal system.

However, when the matter came up for hearing, Jeffrey Atwiine, the principle state Attorney who was representing the state first applied for extension of time to file his defense which Iduli accepted.

Iduli also applied for an adjournment to respond to the defense of state which the panel of five justices of the constitutional court led by Justice Kenneth Kakuru objected to.

Immediately, Kakuru insisted that counsel Iduli was operating illegally since he did not have instructions to represent Kipoi.

In defense, the soft spoken lawyer from Busoga, insisted that he had instructions to represent his client and that he frequently talked to him.

Justice Kakuru seemed not to be convinced with Iduli’s explanation; he told him that his client was released from prison after agreeing with the state to be given amnesty.

Iduli asserted that even though his client was given amnesty, the charges against him are still pending in the Court Martial and he was is still on bail.

Justice Steven Musota raised another matter of Iduli’s practicing license and tasked him to produce it. Iduli laboured to convince the justices that the law council had not yet renewed their practicing licenses because of the COVID19 pandemic, he even showed court evidence that he had applied for the renewal of his practicing license.

Justice Musota tasked Iduli to tell court how long he has been in practice to which he replied eight years.

It should be remembered that Iduli was a defense counsel in the military court martial before being forcefully retired from the force.

The justices adjourned the matter for twenty minutes and when they come back, they dismissed it on grounds that the lawyer who represented the petitioner didn’t have a practicing license.

A bitter Iduli insisted that he is going to appeal at the Supreme Court because it was an error for justices to dismiss his client’s matter without giving him an opportunity to look for another advocate who has a practicing license to represent him as indicated in section 15(a) of the Advocates Act.

It should be remembered that Kipoi was arrested from Botswana and he was extradited to Uganda on charges of treason after being found in possession of firearms.

State alleges that while in Botswana, Kipoi tried to solicit for funds and firearms to wage a war on President Yoweri Museveni with a mission of overthrowing him.

He was charged in the military court martial but later released on bail.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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SHOCKING: How Power Struggles At Coffee Dev’t Authority Are Spelling Doom For Millions Of Coffee Farmers And Exporters In Uganda…

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UCDA officials Perez Bukumunhe (L), Emmanuel Iyamulemye (R), Edmund Kananura (top middle) and Andrew Lajul Kilama (bottom middle)

As the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) board prepares to reinstate Kilama, information has emerged showing that his removal is just a tip of the iceberg of the intrigue at the Authority which spells bad news for millions of coffee farmers and exporters in Uganda.

During their board meeting sometime back, the directors of UCDA voted to renew the contract of director quality assurance Kyerere Kananura Edmund because his performance was very good.

The same meeting chaired by board chairman Perez Bukumunhe blocked the contract for board secretary and director corporate services by the names of Andrew Lajul Kilama. This happened because the UCDA MD Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye Niyibigira had recommended termination for Kilama and renewal for Kyerere Kananura for another five years.

UCDA board minutes signed by John Nuwagaba show that Kilama’s contract couldn’t be renewed because a private HR consultant called Coach Peter Kimbowa had assessed his performance and advised it was not good. In the end, Kilama was chased from UCDA forcing him to go to court to challenge his removal from the job. His case number was 270 of 2019 and at the end of it all, Judge Moses Sekana decided the case in favor of Kilama and directed UCDA to give him back his job and pay him costs for the time he lost.

 

As the UCDA board prepares to reinstate Kilama, information has emerged to show that his removal is just a tip of the iceberg because there is a lot of intrigue at UCDA which is very bad news for millions of coffee farmers and exporters in Uganda.

The MD Iyamulemye is accused of fighting Kilama for all these years because they both competed for the MD job which went to Iyamulemye. In one of his petitions to the board, Kilama pointed out that Iyamulemye has always been fighting him and that he even caused UCDA’s organizational job structure to be changed for his post to change from director finance and administration to something less powerful.

He says the MD made him Director corporate services and the power to control procurement was taken away from him. He adds that when time came for staff performance appraisal forms to be filled to prepare for new contracts, the MD subjected him to a different appraisal method different from other employees and the aim was to fail him.

He says Iyamulemye doesn’t want him in the organization because he fears he will once again compete for the MD post like he did last time. Kilama had many times presented his performance appraisal forms for assessment but the MD would allegedly sit on them and make sure time runs out and he fails to save his job of board secretary and director corporate affairs. Iyamulemye later accused Kilama of refusing to sign his part on the performance appraisal forms yet in actual sense it’s the MD who kept absenting himself saying he is very busy with other office work.

 

As such there are lots of political fights inside UCDA because staff are split into two camps one supporting Iyamulemye and another for Kilama who court says must get back his job because there was wrongful dismissal. But the fight hasn’t been very easy for Kilama because Iyamulemye is very connected to powerful offices. Some days ago, media reports showed that many UCDA bosses had left the company because they don’t like to work with Iyamulemye who is a very tough boss.

The senior staff members who have left UCDA because of the bad working environment have been many e.g. Admin manager Micheal Mugenyi, Strategy & Business development director Norman Mutekanga, Bradford Ochieng who is these days the deputy ED for Uganda Tourism Board.

Samson Omwa was director business strategy but he also quit when things became too hot. Samson Akankiza who is now the Deputy MD for Diary devt authority was also working with UCDA as project manager but he left because he realized Iyamulemye wasn’t comfortable with him in the company.

 

By Grapevine Reporters

 

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