Kiwanuka remembered

President Yoweri Museveni has met and held discussions with the family of the late Chief Justice of Uganda, Benedicto Kiwanuka, at State House, Entebbe.

The seven-member team was led by Imelda Kiwanuka, the late Kiwanuka’s elder daughter.

Others were Ambassador Maurice Kagimu and his wife, Rebecca Kagimu; Regina and their children.

The President met Ambassador Maurice Kagimu and his wife, Rebecca Kagimu; Regina and their children (PPU Photo)

The President and the family discussed ways of accomplishing a number of projects set up in memory of the first Ugandan-born Chief Justice, who was appointed in 1971.

The President last Wednesday officiated at the commemoration of the fifth Ben Kiwanuka Memorial Day at the High Court grounds in Kampala where he explained that it was a mistake for Kiwanuka to work under President Idi Amin who was never trusted.

It is now 50 years since he was murdered during President Amin’s regime on 21st September 1972, after he was abducted from his chambers at the High Court in Kampala.

The whereabouts of his remains is still a mystery.


Assassinated by Idi Amin, Benedicto Kiwanuka was Uganda’s most controversial and disruptive politician. On the eve of independence, he led the Democratic Party (DP), a national movement of predominantly Catholic activists, to end political inequalities and religious discrimination. Along the way, he became Uganda’s first prime minister and first Ugandan chief justice. Earle and Carney show how Kiwanuka and Catholic activists struggled to create an inclusive vision of the state, a vision that resulted in relentless intimidation and extra-judicial killings.