October 27, 2021

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Katureebe, Odooki given Benedicto Kiwanuka award

President Museveni at the unveiling of Benedicto Kiwanuka statue

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President Museveni said he is glad that the judiciary has remembered Ex-Chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka.

“A man who does not remember is an ingrate. Kiwanuka was a forthright person, he told the people of Mengo the truth! Had people like Obote been like him, we would not have had the 1966 crisis,” Museveni said. 

According to him, this is how the NRM followed in Kiwanuka’s footsteps.

“In the CA they brought all these, Federal, etc we said NO, yes you can come back as traditional leaders but no powers of legislation, taxation, or administration. But still, some groups go around whispering things.”

Museveni hands Katureebe the award

The NRM is in the tradition of Kiwanuka, the tradition of telling the truth, he noted.

“Although I also did not understand why Kiwanuka would accept to be Chief Justice of Idi Amin. Nobody should have worked with him (Amin) from the beginning & this would have solved far too many problems.”

“We had disagreements with Obote here and there, we had conditional engagements with him. But with Amin it was zero, he did not understand or value anything, and this is the basic reason as to why such a good man like Kiwanuka suffered.”

Benjamin Odooki receives his award from Museveni

On a different note, Museveni congratulated the Chief Justices emeriti; Benjamin Odooki and Bart Magunda Katureebe who have been given the Benedicto Kiwanuka award.

“They have indelibly contributed to the transformation of the judicial system in Uganda. I thank them.”

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