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Former minister pleads for help from Museveni

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th June 2008 03:00 AM

MAJ. Edward Rurangaranga, a former minister in the Obote II government, has asked President Yoweri Museveni to help him. “I lost my brother during the liberation war and I am now rotting from Kitagata village in Bushenyi. Your Excellency, look into this matter and remember me,” Rurangaranga said

MAJ. Edward Rurangaranga, a former minister in the Obote II government, has asked President Yoweri Museveni to help him. “I lost my brother during the liberation war and I am now rotting from Kitagata village in Bushenyi. Your Excellency, look into this matter and remember me,” Rurangaranga said

By Kyomuhendo Muhanga
MAJ. Edward Rurangaranga, a former minister in the Obote II government, has asked President Yoweri Museveni to help him. “I lost my brother during the liberation war and I am now rotting from Kitagata village in Bushenyi. Your Excellency, look into this matter and remember me,” Rurangaranga said.

“I left my eight children and wife in Kenya to fight Idi Amin.” Rurangaranga was speaking at the memorial ceremony of Nekemiah Bananuka, a former Uganda people’s congress supporter, who was murdered together with his three sons in 1972.

His body was never recovered. During a heavy downpour on Saturday, Bananuka’s family and friends formally buried the remains of his sons; Asaph David Francis Munanura, Nathan James Herbert Mugarura and Edward Wycliffe Charles Bananura.

Amin’s soldiers killed the three on September 18, 1972, as they fled their home in Ruharo in Mbarara following the attack on Makenke Barracks by the Front for National Salvation Fighters, which was then led by Museveni.

Their father, Bananuka, was killed the following day. The army suspected that they were UPC spies, who were guiding forces that raided Uganda to oust Amin.

Bananuka was a founding member of the Uganda People’s Union, which merged with the Uganda National Congress to form UPC.

During various military operations in western Uganda, Rurangaranga said he was arrested from his home in Bushenyi.

“I was shot in the legs, buttocks and left arm and dumped in River Rwizi on the Mbarara-Kabale road, but I managed to escape.”

Rurangaranga urged the mourners, who included Museveni and UPC leader Miria Obote to reconcile.

Museveni said the Government would compensate people who lost their property during the liberation struggle.

Former minister pleads for help from Museveni

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