ON September 2, Sam Akaki wrote a letter saying he was not sure if Balaki Kirya had been a cabinet minister in the Obote 1 government.
Yes, Kirya was a senior member of that cabinet. At the time (1966) I was a law student in London, and a member of that cabinet.
I was a member of the UPC Executive (UK Branch) and of the Uganda Students Association in the UK.
I followed the political developments in Uganda closely. Some of the other members of the UPC Executive in the UK were Peter Otai, Yona Kanyomozi, Ateker Ejalu (RIP) and Mary Ilero, as she then was.
Akaki can crosscheck with Otai, who is no doubt known to him, the facts concerning Kirya. An additional source of confirmation, will be another prominent and knowledgeable Ugandan, Henry Kyemba.
Presently, he is a member of the Judicial Service Commission, among other bodies. At that time was Principal Private Secretary to the then president Apollo Milton Obote.
Finally, the Obote I government was overthrown not on January 15, 1971 as Akaki states, but on January 25, 1971.
These historical facts must be clarified and rested, for the benefit of the younger generation.
Wanume Kibedi, Legal Consultant
Balaki Kirya was a minister in Obote Iâ€™s cabinet