Former Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye, says his late father-in-law never voted for him.
Besigye’s father-in-law, Mzee Boniface Byanyima, passed away at Nakasero hospital at the age of 97 years this week.
He will be buried on Sunday in his Mbarara district home.
“He was a man who never deviated from what he set out to do,” Besigye is quoted as saying.
In his tribute, Besigye said Mzee Boniface Byanyima ‘lovingly upheld principles of truth and justice to the end’.
According to Besigye, Boniface was in the lead at Uganda’s Independence Day on October 9, 1962, as a Member of Parliament who stood for truth and justice in the Democratic Party [DP].
“He has been truthful and loving all his life. His life was well spent to help Uganda as a country and people he met in the way,” Besigye told NTV.
Besigye further revealed that his father-in-law never discriminated anyone.
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His followers in Mbarara, which he represented in Parliament from 1961 to 1971, described Boniface as an exemplary leader, advisor and mentor.
The Democratic Party (DP) President, Norbert Mao, said Boniface, in his disturbingly unassuming way, was a moral challenge to corruption and the arrogance of power.
He described elder Byanyima, father of former Mbarara Municipality MP and current head of Oxfam International, as one whose “incorruptibility, consistency and uncompromising integrity defined him.”
“Your legacy will never die. We vow to keep it alive,” Mao said.
A principled politician, Byanyima is remembered for standing his ground in the early 1960s when almost all Democratic Party (DP) Members of Parliament crossed the floor and joined the ruling Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
Western Regional chairperson for the Democratic Party Imam Makumbi told Uganda Radio Network that the death of Mzee Byanyima is a big loss to the party and Uganda as a whole.
Makumbi says that the deceased was very firm and principled and remained in the Democratic Party despite his close friend Grace Ibingira convincing him to cross to the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).
Ibingira was the Minister of Justice and secretary general of UPC in the 1960s.