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Janani Luwum: Amin was a coward to kill unarmed critics - Museveni

RIP: Archbishop Janani Luwum

RIP: Archbishop Janani Luwum

President Yoweri Museveni has said then-President Idi Amin showed cowardice, laziness, lack of self-confidence and insecurity by killing former Archbishop of Uganda, Janani Luwum in 1977 when he criticised his government over several atrocities.
 
Luwum was shot dead after being tortured, but his murder was disguised as resulting from a road accident by the then sitting government. Luwum had consistently and publicly criticized Amin's government over inspired kidnaps, murder, obstruction to justice, abductions, nepotism, tribalism - nearly a carbon copy of similar accusations that have been levelled against Museveni and his NRA/M government.
 
Speaking at the celebrations to mark the Janani Luwum Day at State House today, Museveni said, unlike Amin, for him, he doesn't fear criticism because he can counter-argue his critics even if they are religious leaders with a huge following. 
 
"By killing Archbishop Janani Luwum, it shows that Amin was insecure and coward. Killing people who are not armed is laziness...It means the killer doesn't have enough confidence that they will win an argument. That is why they want to silence them," said Museveni.
 
Museveni added that even religious leaders are free to criticise him and his government so long as they are balanced in their criticism. The clergy, he said, should not criticise only the security people when they make mistakes, but also the people who want to disturb the peace that he and his generation fought for. Further, he said he's very happy that he avenged the killing of Archbishop Luwum and other people.
 
Lately, human rights activists and opposition supporters have criticised Museveni over the continued kidnap and disappearance of people believed to belong to opposition National Unity Platform party belonging to political nemesis Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
 
Museveni admitted last week that his security forces were responsible for the missing persons and that they will account for every person kidnapped recently. He also said last year, he recalled and deployed in the city a commando unit that had been fighting terrorists in Somalia to take out what he called terrorists who were protesting the arrest of Kyagulanyi in Luuka district during campaigns.
 
Over 56 people were shot dead between November 18-19 and more than 1,000 arrested according to official figures. Again Museveni reiterated today that he will not allow the hard-fought that Ugandans are enjoying to be disturbed by anybody.
 
Some of the youths who have been released from detention have relayed ordeals of being forcefully fed on rotting food, tortured and being injected with unknown substances. Museveni said killing of unarmed people should only happen in a war situation where both parties are armed.

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+1 #11 Jama 2021-02-17 15:43
Were the 56 victims shot dead recently armed?
You have shed more blood than any other leader to have run this country.
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+2 #12 Lakwena 2021-02-17 15:48
Quoting Kalibbala:
Disturbed Desperate Despot!! What are you bloating about ?Whom do you think you are Fooling ?

The Other Day you were Proud of Al Hajji's Son Taban Amin to be Deputy Director in one of Your Notorious Killer Machine (CMI) Now here you are Again Blaming His Father !

You have just Killed Scheich Anas Kaliisa and Nuhu Muzaata! Like You call yourself! A Curse,Kisiraani and Enemy of Humanity..Your Days are Numbered!


Kalibbala, Ugandans ought to be reminded that in 1976, during a Pass Out Ceremony for Police Cadet Officers at Kibuli Police Training School (PTS); Mr. M7 terrorist lobbed two hand grenades into the crowd, in a cowardly and heartless attempt to kill Amin and other innocent Ugandans.
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+1 #13 Lakwena 2021-02-17 15:51
In other words, Ugandans must be reminded that: Mr. M7 was the remote author and cause of not only Archbishop Luwum to be murdered by Amin, but very many other Ugandans.
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+1 #14 kabayekka 2021-02-18 10:13
Indeed Amin was coward and stupid. He fell in the trap of those who were his enemies hiding in Tanzania.

They would write letters of encouragement to the religious man, who by the way was an Acholi tribesman, to work hard and keep their battle machinery well hidden.

Then they would post such silly letters through the main post office of Uganda. Amin greedy with power had to fall into the bloody trap. Up to now some of those who trapped him thus and still living continue to boost about it over the Archbishop's dead body!
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0 #15 Lakwena 2021-02-18 12:08
Quoting kabayekka:
Indeed Amin was coward and stupid. He fell in the trap of those who were his enemies hiding in Tanzania.

They would write letters of encouragement to the religious man, who by the way was an Acholi tribesman, to work hard and keep their battle machinery well hidden.

Then they would post such silly letters through the main post office of Uganda. .. Up to now some of those who trapped him thus and still living continue to boost about it over the Archbishop's dead body!


Kabayekka, you are on the money when you refer to the dubious letter to Archbishop Luwum (RIP) through the Post Office.

E.g. in Luo language (Acholi/Lango) written or spoken, we do not have the alphabet "s".

In other words, Bingo! in that treacherous and abominable letter; the "Author and Master of Violence" refers to the people of Acholi and Lango as "Acholis and Langis" respectively.
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