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Kenneth Kaunda: On his Successes and Failures since Independence Life in an African Country

I WANT to admit that as a human being, I must have made some mistakes. I know I am an ordinary human being subject to doing good and bad. There is no way I can stand on a rooftop like this one of yours and say, I did no wrong. That would not be correct at all. I made so many mistakes as a human being.
I may not remember all of them. I am sure there are quite many but it’s human to error. However, I also know that Africa’s tragedy is not just a product of mistakes by Africa leaders alone.
There is a lot of harm from the powerful countries and from institutions like the IMF and World Bank. They tend to contribute to the poverty and misery we see in Africa today. Some people think I stayed in power for so long. To be honest, I am not yet sure whether that was a mistake on my part or not. Some think I should have left power early enough so that I would not suffer electoral defeat, just like my friend and brother Julius Nyerere in Tanzania did. I am not yet certain of my own feelings. I think it is not the time someone stays in office that should be the issue but what a leader does when he is in such a position of responsibility. It was a Friday when they announced that Movement for Multi Party Democracy led by Frederick Chiluba had won the elections. I had my doubts but it didn’t matter. I telephoned Mr Chiluba the president elect and said, “Congratulations. I am told you have won. I am waiting for you tomorrow to come and take over.” He said thank you.  The following day, Chiluba came with his whole cabinet, and the Vice President now President Levy Mwanawasa. They were three hours late. I said, “Young people, I am taking president elect Chiluba to my office to brief him on how I run the state machinery. Please wait here.” I took him to my office. I briefed him verbally and in writing.  After that, I showed him a secret entrance to tunnels, security tunnels leading to an underground bunker. I told him that if he should ever get into trouble, there is a young man here who will come and declare avcadabra and the tunnels will open. “And get 29 people you trust and yourself make the thirtieth. There are 30 mattresses, blankets and everything ready. There is a powerful broadcasting machine, more powerful than the state radio, so you can broadcast to the people of Zambia. You can also call for support from somewhere outside. They will come and help you.”
I took him around and finally told him “I am a patriot, I am a Pan-Africanist. If at anytime you should need my assistance don’t hesitate to call, I will come and assist.”
Chiluba’s response was a lesson to me about the role of individuals in the destiny of nations, especially so in Africa. Because later on, he called journalists and claimed that I had an underground station where I was locking up opposition leaders, torturing and killing people.
The Post (Zambian) newspaper bought his lie. But some of the press said it looked like a palace and not a dungeon where they were killing people.
Tragedies like this cannot happen when you have got correct leadership. In Africa there must be clean thinking. We should not make politics a source of enmity.

Nairobi, Kenya — 10/18/1964- Nairobi, Kenya: Attending a “Big Four” meeting here, October 16, are these African Leaders (left to right) Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Northern Rhodesian Premier; President Julius Nyerere, United Republic Tanganyika and Zanzibar; Jomo Kenyatt, Kenya Premier; and Dr. Milton Obote, Uganda Premier.

Politics must be a service to the people of God, God’s children. Leaders must look at politics as a service to the nations. If you look at politics as something you must benefit from and power as something you must hold at all costs, then the nation is dead.
Later Chiluba would raid my house claiming I had stolen books from State House. And how many books did he recover? Only four. Kaunda, the father of the Zambian nation stealing four textbooks! My God!
I was never corrupt as a leader. Up to the day I left office, I did not even have a house in which to live in Lusaka. I had a house in my home village, which is far away from here. So when I left office, I had no house, or where to go.
We had built rest houses here for the mines. I occupied the smallest house belonging to Lwasha mine with my wife. But within 10 days, President Chiluba asked me to vacate the house. The constitution provided that a retired president should have a house, a pension and some support staff. But they abolished all those.
Fortunately, a young man who was working with me had a spare house in Lusaka and he heard that I was being chased from the government house, because these mines were under government control. He said “Old man please, I have got a house here, you can stay there for two years without paying anything, you have done so much.”
So he lent it to us for two years, my wife, and me and that’s how we survived otherwise we would have been completely destroyed. After two years, another young man who was a businessman came to see me and said he had a big house in Lusaka which he was selling.
At that time on 4 March, 1994, Vice President Mwanawasa, came to see me and said the government had now decided to get me a house and they were going to give me an allowance but not as the constitution had provided. It was their own decision and it was far, far, little. I had no money at all. I only had 2 million Kwacha in the bank. All this time I was surviving by the grace of God.
Chiluba spread a rumour that I had stolen US$6 billion and they used that as a campaign slogan.
After the end of the election, they began to believe their own lies. So they wanted to find out where I had hidden the money.
They asked Scotland Yard to send six specialists. These specialists came here from 2 January 1992 – 30 June 1992. They looked everywhere: here and overseas and they found nothing. My name was clean then; my name is clean today. I move anywhere I can as a free man.
They tried to ban me. They said I was not a Zambian because they were afraid of my coming back to politics in 1996. They were afraid that I would win elections. They changed the constitution and said that those whose parents came from outside Zambia should not be allowed to stand for elections. My parents had come to Zambia from Malawi.
They passed that through parliament because the one mistake I made was to accept United National Independence Party (UNIP) central committee saying they would not participate in the parliamentary elections of 1996 because I had been barred from standing. So they had no opposition to speak of. They made a terrible loss.
On civil wars
Africa has been plagued by civil wars. Western observers claim this is a sign of dysfunction of states in Africa. That is incorrect.
The African states you see today have new actors on the international scene and on the domestic scene. You cannot expect stability on the whole continent of Africa after only four decades of independence. Zambia today is 40 years old, and the oldest state in Africa is Ghana, which is 50 years.
Even in Europe, there has been instability for many decades and it is just now that they are re-organising themselves.
So while it is true and right that we should be critical, we should still remember to look at what the causes of these conflicts are, especially ethnicity in Africa. When we got independence, our cry was “One Zambia One Nation.” It helped us; even now the new government has started shouting “One Zambia,” and people respond “One nation”. That kept us strong together, as a people.
We looked at our selves as Africans with a hope that one day we would come to see one Africa, one nation. America is a big place but it is one nation.
God has guided me through my years as a leader. From the beginning of my political career, I have been influenced by two commandments. One, love God your creator with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind with all your strength.
The Lord is teaching us how to relate with Him as our creator and then He says that that is not enough. Remember to love your neighbour as you love your self. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. These have been my guidelines in all my thoughts, in all my deeds.
I want to believe that I was not alone in this. A good number of my colleagues believed in it as well, that is how we worked together as a team.
So I am saying, regardless of what we are, God says your neighbour is not the same tribe as you; is not the same colour as you, not even the same religion as you, Muslim, Christian, Hindu etc. All of us are God’s children.
If you believe in these things strongly; you are bound to contribute something useful. I am not saying African countries should become more Christian than Muslim or anything. If you mention Somalia, all of it is Muslim. They haven’t done it.
When President Bashir of Sudan invited me recently for the trade union conference in Khartoum. I went and sang my favourite song “Step by step, step by step, I will follow Jesus, every day, all my life, keeping step with Jesus.”
But I realised at that Conference there were Muslims, so I sang, “Step by step, step by step, I will follow Mohammed every day of my life keeping step with Mohammed. Why did I do that? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is the commandment I was following.
I realised that there were not only Christians there. There were Muslims also. And therefore in singing about my Christ, I must remember they have their Prophet Mohammed.
You may recall that during the 1970s, there was a conflict between Kenya and Somalia. Kenya invited me and my reply was that I could only come if both sides accepted my mediation.
During the talks, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was using a Swahili word which I cannot remember now but which was annoying the President of Somalia, Gen Siad Barre, and they almost walked out.
So I said, “Mzee, I have love and respect for you, for what you have done for Africa, but give me the opportunity to rebuke you for what you are doing now, because I will never have the chance. But this time I have the chance to rebuke you because of what you are saying.”
Everybody laughed. Kenyatta, too laughed and said, “Ha-ha, alright Kaunda, I understand.”
When I was chairman of Frontline States of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in the struggle for the liberation of states in southern Africa, it gave me the opportunity to meet even Boers – the Afrikaners.
I met Vorster, the president of apartheid South Africa. I wrote him some letters in 1969 talking about the need for a peaceful dissolution of the apartheid state.
So he wrote back to me believing that he could use those letters to try and confuse the situation. He made a public statement that he was going to reveal me for being the double dealer I was.
That is Vorster. What he did not know is that I was working together with my colleagues in Mulungushi Club. For every letter I wrote, I sent copies to Julius Nyerere and Milton Obote.
So the moment Vroster made the statement that he was going to reveal me to the world as a double dealer, Julius telephoned me and said, “Ken please just reveal those letters, copy those letters to the public, that is what you need to do.”
I said Julius thank you. Milton also called me and said, “Publicise the letters so that he knows that you have nothing to hide.”
Mulungushi club was actually a club bringing together the leaders of three ruling political parties in Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia – that is the Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC), Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the United National Independence Party (UNIP), plus the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, which was not in power but was in exile led by Oliver Tambo who used to attend all our meetings.
I was in a meeting with my colleagues and I said I was going to do just that. And we published those letters and so the threat of that man came to nothing because I stood for the truth and in meeting them I was trying to make peace between black and white, between them and us.
That is what is important. It is to stand for what is right, what the truth is in every situation. Because we continued to do that, we succeeded in the end.
I think what Africa has been doing is right. There have been so many mistakes made but remember we can’t keep being right all the time. We are human beings.
When I look back at my administration I see that our biggest achievement was to unite Zambia: one Zambia and one nation.
Secondly we had policies which if we had been allowed to continue, would have made Zambia a much better place than it is today.
The fight I was privileged by Zambians to lead was not only fighting for independence and helping our brothers and sisters to fight for independence in other states in southern Africa, but also the fight for economic independence. And we did not borrow anything from anyone from the beginning of time until 1973.
When we came into office, we found only 100 university graduates. Of these only three were medical doctors.
My colleagues and I sat down and planned various development plans and we built primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, and two universities.
In the health field, we built dispensaries, clinics general hospitals, ending up with university teaching hospitals.
We began building in terms of communication, tarmac roads to provinces, and tarmac roads from provinces to the districts.
We achieved a lot and by the time we were leaving government, in 1991, we left over 35,000 university graduates both locally produced and some we sent all over the world.
In those days of East-West confrontation, we didn’t choose. We sent them to the East; we sent them to the West. They came back fully educated and ready to contribute to the nation.
We did all this to try and prepare ourselves for a strong economic situation to consolidate our independence. Recently, someone was complaining in the press that in 1970 Zambia was much better than today. He was complaining about what has happened to the things we built.
I helped remove Amin
In 1973 when the oil prices went up, the copper prices went down and I wrote to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, of course, saying we had not borrowed from them up until then.
Now that the oil prices were up, and copper prices down, we were facing serious foreign exchange shortages. I asked these two institutions for their advice. They wrote back saying: Borrow, because we think copper prices will soon be going up and we think that oil prices will be controlled. That is when Zambia begun to borrow from abroad.
By 1985-87, I found that the World Bank assistance was not helping to improve the situation. We were instead growing poorer, and more indebted; and the debt levels were unsustainable. The IMF and World Bank policies and programmes were not improving the situation.
So I borrowed some idea from Latin America that you cannot just be paying others from loans you have taken and yet you are not investing in your own country. We accepted we were going to pay these debts, but we must be allowed to invest. We pay what we can, but retain some surplus for investment. In this way we grow up and be able to pay the rest a little later when we have developed.
Africa needs to learn and to understand what IMF and World Bank stand for. I am not blaming the people themselves. But these institutions are victims of the machinations of the powerful nations of this world.
When you borrow money, you also have expenses – they call them overheads. A lot of the loans go to pay for overhead costs like costs of administrative staff sent to manage the loans, costs of consultants who come to tell you what you already know, costs of computers and four wheel drive vehicles that do not reduce poverty and so on and so forth. Before you know it, more than 70 or 80 percent of the loan money has gone back to the rich countries whose people are employed to do feasibility studies or work on the projects and the poor country has a high debt burden.
For Africa to overcome its current challenges, especially the squeeze from the powerful nations of the western world, we need to come together and work together. That is why the African Union, Nepad and other regional groupings are important.
Whenever I call for African unity, some people ask me: You were President for 27 years, you sat through the OAU and other initiatives and failed to achieve unity. Why do you think your successors should achieve it? I appreciate that. But we should not forget that it is only now Europe is beginning to come together.
Europe was responsible for two major world wars in which they involved Africa because of being colonial countries. They did that and now they are in the process of working out ways and means of coming together.
On the African continent, slave trade drained us. Then we suffered a period of colonisation after which was the period of apartheid in South Africa. All these are evils imposed on us by other people. Now we are just getting out of that. It has taken European states hundreds of years to come together. In Africa now we have moved a stage further from the Organisation of African Unity to the African Union.
I see it as glaring success for Africa. The current leaders on the continent are young men who have taken on from us and are at least beginning to point out where we can do things together and develop and work for the continent to strengthen ourselves. The African Union is stronger than the OAU. It has a number of organs being built up, regional groups are becoming stronger and civil wars are becoming less of a menace. We should not expect people who were deliberately divided by colonial rule to unite by a simple declaration.
When we became independent in Zambia, we started on the principle of “one Zambia, one nation”. We are 73 ethnic groups brought together to say one Zambia, one nation. And when we left the nation to President Chiluba, the poor man removed that slogan. He didn’t like it because it was a Kaunda initiative. He destroyed state enterprises because Kaunda started them. When you take over, you don’t destroy what you found, you add onto it. We had built many industries here in Zambia, private and public and today they are not there.
The first achievement of the first generation of African leaders after independence was independence. We fought and brought independence.
Secondly, in a good number of African countries, we stood united. In some cases, there was economic development until the IMF, World Bank – with the backing of powerful nations – began to undermine initiatives, which were not sanctioned by the big powers. These powers effectively used IMF and World Bank against us.
There is no doubt at all that some leaders were corrupt. Mobutu in Zaire or Idi Amin in Uganda cannot be a victim of the IMF and World Bank. But we should also remember that during the Cold War, some of these corrupt and brutal dictators were propped by the big powers.
Here in Zambia when we opened up from one party participatory democracy in 1991 (and this was after we had seen that apartheid had collapsed), my successor, Mr Chiluba, just organised rackets to plunder the country.
On the commitment to liberate other African states from colonial rule, we succeeded in Angola, in Mozambique, in Namibia, Zimbabwe. In Uganda, we removed Idi Amin. That was the first time African leaders came together to remove a local dictator. I hear people saying the removal of Mobutu was the first time an African country helped liberate another from an indigenous dictator. We worked very hard through the Mulungushi Club to remove Amin. So, when we did all that, it was a great step for Africa, although some leaders were very corrupt indeed.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PAN-AFRICANIST STRUGGLE IN CAME THE MAVERICK LEADERS LIKENING THEMSELVES TO ABDUL NASSER
1. GADHAFI
2. IDI AMIN DADA

WHO FELT THE FOUNDING FATHERS SINCE 1958 WERE ONLY TALKING SHOP AND NOT WALKING THE WALK TOWARDS FULL EMANCIPATION OF AFRICA FROM 1969 TO 1972 THEY MAPPED OUT THE NEW DEAL OF HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF FREEDOM FROM IMPERIALISM AND ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE OR DID THEY ONLY MAKE IT WORSE AS THE FOUNDING FATHERS HELD THE VIEW EXPLAINED BY FATHER KAUNDA ABOVE?

EXTRACT FROM IDI AMIN HERO OR VILLAIN? 2010 PUBLICATION:


The Essence of THE TRUE PAN-AFRICANIST HERO

While Our Independence Father’s of Nations across Africa were content to Talk Shop in Addis Ababa’s OAU a New Crop of Maverick Pro-Active Leadership Broke The Mould in Al-Qadhafi’s 1969 Great Jamahiriyah & 1971 to 1972 Ugandan Economic War, They Walked the Talk Towards INDEPENDENT and Genuine Emancipation of Africa.
Museum’s Narrative on Idi Amin Dada :
2017 Any Ugandan meeting Nationals from the following Countries are often surprised by the warmth which they are received or accorded welcome yet the reason comes from the most unlikely figure in African history.
Idi Amin ALEMI Dada was Chairman of the OAU when the following countries achieved emancipation from Colonialism in 1975-1976 :
Angola , Cape Varde ,Comoros ,Sao tome & Principe and Mozambique then Djibouti .
So in the Eyes of nationals from these nations Idi Amin Dada was a Hero?
Background: Idi Amin Dada came from a marginalized region of Uganda which was designated by the colonial powers that be as a labour reserve region and so did the people of this Northern region in totality were viewed and despised as second class citizens in their own land as such to be Indentured labourers.
It was then an astounding event for the son of the northern soil Idi Amin Dada to become head of State and the singular most endearing act that he did to a man was the symbolic Emancipation of Uganda in 1972’s Economic War, this Nationalization act symbolically broke the colonialist Yoke and unshackled the chains of Bondage and dependency on our colonialist masters Great Britain from Ugandans when he launched his Economic Independence agenda in 1972 .
He even managed through the help of Libya and Saudi Arabia to compensate the 50,000 departed British Passport Holders Property to a reputed tune of 1 Billion Dollars by 1976 and setup a Custodian Board to distribute the fully compensated properties to Indigenous Ugandans..
He obsessively took on the mantle of Emancipator of Africa from the clutches of Colonialism and Imperialism as he was want to proclaiming; like during his resounding speech in the OAU Summit held in Addis Ababa 1973 when he setout the road map to full emancipation of all Countries still under colonial Hegemony in 1973.
It was the surprising silver lining in his convoluted Revolutionary Legacy 1971-1979 that by OAU 1975 for Idi Amin Dada to partly achieve what others talked for he walked the talk when the following Countries achieved freedom and emancipation from Colonialism when they all gained independence at one go when Angola,Cape Varde, Sao Tome & Principe, Comoros, and Mozambique then Djibouti gained Independence during his Tenure as Chairman of the OAU! Technological Leapfrog for Uganda’s ICT Industry.
Moreover on the Technological front Fidel Castro had thrown him the gauntlet in Algeria during the Non Aligned conference and he had to meet the stringent criteria’s set for a nation to hold the OAU Summit that particular communication relay infrastructure aught to be in place and indeed he was upto the challenge when at the Inter Arab African Summit in Rabat Morocco he asked King Hassan where he acquired his Television and Communication equipment and he was told Germany and Japan , setting of a hectic technological leapfrog for Uganda’s prestige he saw to acquire and meet Fidel Casto’s 1973 challenge:
Idi Amin and Fidel Castro in Algeria during the Non Align Conference at which the Cuban Leader Told Idi Amin
“ set your own agenda and set up your own radio and TV get the capacity to broadcast globally…”
He ordered the very similar equipment he saw in Rabbat and the Algerian Capital too..he had to prepare for the 1975 OAU conference…
More over surpassing everyone’s expectations Idi Amin Dada’s Regime setup and far surpassed an advanced ICT Infrastructure In Fibre Optics, Satellite Earth relay Stations , Coloured Television Channels, the first FM Station Green Channel and an International Broadcast relay Radio Station UBC relaying his agenda to the world.
And a modern Telephony exchange system by Marubeni Japan which was years ahead of other countries in Sub Saharan Africa Idi Amin Dada Then 1975 and Now 2017 Mindset in terms of Tourism Potential .
The most astounding aspect and contrast then and now on the African Continent in certain aspects of quantifiable infrastructural development in Uganda by the most unlikely exponent like a semi-illiterate like Idi Amin Dada in his 8 year reign continues to fascinate and astound genuine historians who have chose to delve into the murky convoluted Legacy and Achievements of this much maligned Figure in African History:
Who was Idi Amin Dada?
What Tribe was He?
Who are his People?
What are their Cultural Values?
Why does Idi Amin Dada continue to Fascinate the Western Media’s Mindset?
This was Compounded with a surprisingly softer and endearingly positive rendition of his life character in the Oscar winning Film Last King of Scotland ;
But? Did he really claim that controversial Title ? or as records show did ultra right Scottish Separatists write to him officially and request him to become their Chairman and Patron to champion and link their Scottish association to his Brother in arms Colonel Gadhafi of Libya so that like the IRA they could get both Moral Political and Financial support from the Mercurial Leader?
Indeed Idi Amin Dada left a controversial Legacy and alas he over stretched his Global Stature on the Foreign Affairs Arena culminating with the Jewish Hostage Crisis 1976’s Raid on Entebbe by Israeli Defence Forces in a daring Rescue.
His somewhat overt threats the same year in response to the implied collusion of Kenya in the successful rescue of the Jewish Hostages from Uganda, when he threaten to Annex back the whole of Western Kenya’s Fertile hinterland back to Uganda and the Final Straw that Broke the Bull Elephant’s back was the 1978 annexation of the Kagera Salient by Uganda Army that culminated in an all out war between Uganda and Tanzania which lead to the eventual forcing of Idi Amin Dada out of Power on 11th April 1979.
This event Horizon expelled the community seen as Amin’s People into indefinite Exile where upwards of 300,000 to 500,000 indigenous people fled across the boarders into Congo and Sudan as refugees .
Community & Cultural Tourism Amani (Peace) Nubian Club:
Today the Amin Historical Trail will juxtaposition as Cultural-Historical and Community Tourism Cluster Trail Tourist from around the Globe get to Know and study who Idi Amin Dada was and get a lifetime opportunity to interact with the Community that he directly came from in North Western Uganda and Bombo.
There are also beneficial Community based interactions with Charitable Organisations that have been setup within his Community that has his very last surviving sisters as members of the Amani (Peace) Nubian Club who have juxtaposition the C.B.O. into Peaceful and Objectively re-integrating the so called Idi Amin Dada Community back into Peaceful Co-Existence with other Ethnic Tribes and religious sects in Uganda in general and West Nile in particular.
The avenues laid out to meet the challenges of reconciliation and achieving sustainable Livelihood activity amongst the returnees from exile involves weekly, monthly and quarterly Fundraising Ceremonies known as CHAI amongst the Nubian Ummah or Harambee amongst the throngs of Swahili Natives in North western Uganda; where-in the Entire Community converges and gathers at Idi Amin Dada’s Homestead at Tanganyika Village Jiako Arua District to Fundraise for set Objective Cultural and Livelihood activity like:
Other charitable work within the community through selling:
Question remains Why does Idi Amin Dada continue to Fascinate the West Media’s Mindset? Amani (Peace) Club:
Today the Amin Historical Trail will juxtaposition as Cultural-Historical and Community Tourism Cluster Trail Tourist from around the Globe get to Know and study who Idi Amin Dada was and get a lifetime opportunity to interact with the Community that he directly came from in North Western Uganda and Bombo.
There are also beneficial Community based interactions with Charitable Organisations that have been setup within his Community that has his very last surviving sisters as members of the Amani (Peace) Nubian Club who have juxtaposition the C.B.O. into Peaceful and Objectively re-integrating the so called Idi Amin Dada Community back into Peaceful Co-Existence with other Ethnic Tribes and religious sects in Uganda in general and West Nile in particular.
The avenues laid out to meet the challenges of reconciliation and achieving sustainable Livelihood activity amongst the returnees from exile involves weekly, monthly and quarterly Fundraising Ceremonies known as CHAI amongst the Nubian Ummah or Harambee amongst the throngs of Swahili Natives in North western Uganda; where-in the Entire Community converges and gathers at Idi Amin Dada’s Homestead at Tanganyika Village Jiako Arua District to Fundraise for set Objective Cultural and Livelihood activity like:
Other charitable work within the community through selling:
Historical Idi Amin Dada Trail:
.Idi Amin Birthplace Serena Complex Shimoni Nakasero
.Famous scene from French Documentary Most Beautiful location in Africa the seven foot gap where the nile Passes at Marchinson falls Kaba’Lega National Park.
.Travel through Ajai Game reserve and Rhino Camp President Teddy Roosevelt Trail
.Harambee Chai at Idi Amin’s Homestead in Arua
.Participate in the Fundraising event that involves Auction lottery and sale of Handcrafts made by Idi Amin’s three last Surviving Sisters and their Reconciliation Club known in Arua as AMANI Club which champions the reintegration of Idi Amin’s Community into Ugandan Soceity after years of living in Exile in Congo and Sudan between 1979 and 1986 when Peace was restored to Uganda.
.Visit the Sacred Mountain Liru Gessi in Koboko and Sacred Mountain Gordon Wati in Terego County on the last leg of the Trail and make a courteous stop at ogo Pakayo Adibu Village .
. making an outward journey back trough Pakuba-Lolim where the ruins of the Former Presidential Lodge still stand in Nwoya District.
. Get permission to tour the Nakasongola Amin Military Airbase?? .
Masjid Noor Bombo where he went to madrasa Qur’an Training .
.Entebbe Raid Netanyahu Memorial Old Airport terminal .
Command-Post Kololo now the North Korean Embassy can be given a guided tour if allowed or the New-wing which is now a private residence which can become the Private Museum-Library for his Personal effects like Uniforms ,shoes hats ,Medals etc and a a repository and research centre Library in Kampala City or even Arua City .
The African Bane of Triumphalism:
There is a Famous picture of Idi Amin and Fidel Castro in Algeria 1973 during the Non Align Conference at which the Cuban Leader Told Idi Amin set your own agenda and set up your own radio and TV get the capacity to broadcast globally…
He ordered the very similar equipment he saw in Rabbat Morocco and the Algerian Capital in 1973 too..he had to prepare for the 1975 OAU conference… the Konge Dishes the Kololo Earth Satellite Dish and the State of Art Teso International Radio Service were dismantled and most of it ended up in Mwenge TZ as compensation for Liberating UGANDA…in 1979?. TODAY 2017 OMBACCI earth satellite station IS NO MORE ! MPOMA earth satellite station IS NO MORE KONGE International Radio Service IS NO MORE TESO International Radio Service IS NO MORE Kololo earth satellite station no more ! By 1979 IN IRONY LONG LIVE MWENGE IN TANZANIA! LONG LIVE THE UNLA DECISION TO EXPROPRAITE NATIONAL ASSETS in RETRIBUTION!?. pinnacle of his reign before the fall in 1979, Idi Amin triumphantly proclaimed as OAU Chairman in amusement rows of African Head of States heard him claiming he was actually born here at this very location in 1928; the world media took his utterance with a pinch of salt and dwelled on the hectic way Idi Amin had spent setting up a state of the art conference and Hotel complex he called the nile Mansions, bringing in and setting up a Network of Earth Satellite Dishes around the country and meeting the stringent standards of Telephone exchange Network and Introducing colour Television in only the second country in sub Saharan Africa after Nigeria to do so in 1975.

Author: Godfrey Mwakikagile
Publisher: New Africa Press (27 April 2010)
ISBN-10: 9987160115
ISBN-13: 9789987160112

 

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