MUWANGA WAS ONE OF UGANDA’S FORMER PRESIDENTS BUT HE NEVER GETS A NOD IN?

Friends,

Paulo Muwanga(c. 1921 – 1 April 1991) President 12–22 May


I’ve always wondered why Paulo Muwanga is rarely listed as one of Uganda’s former presidents, yet he run the country longer than President Yusuf Lule. He was occupying the president’s office and making executive decisions for the country, after the removal of Godfrey Binaisa. The ‘Presidential Commission,.’ headed by Saulo Musoke,didn’t have powers at all. Muwanga was the man for the show. Whoever got arrested for political reasons had to run to the president’s office occupied by Muwanga to get a sniff of freedom. That’s how Njuba also got released the third time he was arrested, because the DP elders had abandoned him. The difference between Muwanga and Lule is that the former(Muwanga) knew that he was temporarily warming up the chair for Obote who was still in a self imposed exile in Tanzania, and this is the reason why Obote felt confident to clandestinely visit Uganda a couple of times before officially ending his exile.

Kakooza Mutale was battered and put in prison while Muwanga was the president. According to Sam Njuba in his book, the ‘Betrayal’, he was tortured badly such that his wife had to visit him everyday in prison to attend to his wounds. Sam Njuba was in the same prison at the same time with Kakoza Mutale.

Sam Njuba further states that Museveni was powerless as vice chairman of the six-man Military Commission. He was apparently in prison with FRONASA guys, and they also used to get whipped and killed almost every week, but Yoweri Museveni wasn’t in position to help them.

Sam Njuba also stated that the British had identified Oyite Ojok as Obote’s successor in case he was rejected again. That they never envisaged Museveni taking over because he wasn’t popular anywhere in Uganda.

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