From NUP President Hon Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.
Today the marks exactly 35 years since Dr. Andrew Lutakome Kayiira was brutally murdered in cold blood in Lukuli – Makindye, Kampala. I have spent the past week reading this book, ‘The Price of Freedom’ (the Assassination of Uganda’s Great Fighter for Freedom and Democracy), that was written by Francis Bwenje a year later in 1988. It speaks about the assassination of one of Uganda’s greatest freedom fighters who was a leader of the Uganda Freedom Movement (UFM) and a Cabinet Minister at the time.
According to the book, which relies on credible eye-witness accounts and the deep research conducted by the author, Dr. Kayiira was gunned down by NRA soldiers on the orders of dictator Museveni and his regime.
Because of the disturbing facts that it reveals, I found myself reading the book more than twice, which I am sure cannot be allowed in Ugandan bookshops because of the many dark secrets it spills. It leaves me struggling to come to terms with how cruel, brutal and deceitful dictator Museveni and his regime have been from day one.
It is such a small book of 83 pages that every Ugandan who cares about justice needs to read. Through it, you will understand why there has never been a public report about this murder — not even from the Scotland Yard that was petitioned to investigate Dr. Kayiira’s death.
It will shine a light on the many unexplained deaths of Museveni’s political opponents (real and perceived), and why they are all swept under the carpet. It will also help you understand how the New Vision newspaper has from day one been a tool of propaganda used to cover up the regime’s gross crimes and atrocities.
It will also show you how our intellectuals and respected ‘leaders’ have always been used to cover up oppression against their own by keeping silent or some times directly taking part in these crimes. I know that Dr. Kayiira will never rest in peace until the whole truth is laid bare for everyone to see. So I want to encourange all of you who are about justice to find this book and read it.
I also know that this is a very dangerous topic to bring up again after the regime has invested so much resources and time to cover it up but I DARE to open up this pandora’s box again so that I encourage the many intimidated and silenced Ugandans whose loved ones have been victims of state sanctioned murder.
Dr. Kayira loved his country and he was no tribalist — unlike dictator Museveni. Francis Bwenje the author of this book is still alive and can attest to this. Many eye witnesses are also still alive (although living in exile) and they can share their stories.
We must not allow these criminals to get away with brutal murders of our people. I hope this will encourage critical thinkers to dig up all the dirty crimes that dictator Museveni has always pretended to criticise yet he is the leader and defender of all those criminals.
Never rest in Peace Dr. Andrew Kayiira, Aronda Nyakairima, Muhammad Kirumira, Sheikh Muzaata, etc.
The regime may have killed Dr. Kayiira but it never killed his desire for a Free Uganda. YOU CAN NOT KILL US ALL.