Presidential candidate and leader of People’s Development Party Abed Bwanika has pledged to return the remains of late President of Uganda Idi Amin and accord it a decent state burial.
The late Ugandan leader hailed from Koboko but was buried in Saudi Arabia yet traditionally, it is a taboo among the Kakwa and the people of West Nile to be buried away from home.
Mr Bwanika who ended his presidential campaigns in the West Nile region in Adjumani District last Friday said Idi Amin made huge contributions to the country and his remains deserved a decent burial in his homeland of Koboko District.
“My government will construct a library and a museum in memory of the former President. Amin made significant contributions which should be respected and we shall bring back his remains for a decent burial,” Mr Bwanika said.
The call to return Amins’s remains gained momentum in Koboko and West Nile early this year following the return of Lt Gen Bazilio Olara Okello’s remains from Sudan where he died and was buried.
It is believed that if one is buried away from his homeland, this will to bring misfortune to the family if rituals are not performed to rebury the remains in the rightful place.
Campaigning in the area recently, President Museveni recognised that Idi Amin had started tarmacking the Arua-Koboko road but did not complete it.
He had never recognised the contributions of Idi Amin.
Amin is also remembered for constructing several mosques in Arua and Koboko, and upgrading of the Arua airfield, which was a military base.
It is now being upgraded to carry Cargo planes and it’s the second busiest airport after Entebbe.
Mr Bwanika also promised to increase the budget for Agriculture to 15 per cent saying West Nile still practices subsistence agriculture due to limited budgetary allocations.
On oil and gas, he pledged to ensure that 25 per cent of the revenue goes back to the oil-producing regions such as West Nile.
Mr Bwanika also said his government will provide computers to each student in all public schools and he will also ensure that each Sub-county has a well-furnished and staffed hospital.
The PDP president also pledged to set up fruit factories in the region as the area produces a lot of mangoes that is not processed for international markets.
SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR