8 guns recovered at property of fallen Museveni ally


KABALE- Eight guns and fifteen empty magazines have been recovered from a plot of land of late James Karambuzi, a fallen fighter of the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) who was killed by firing squad, on orders of President Idi Amin in 1973 in Kabale.

Mr Elly Maate, the Kigezi sub region police spokesman said on Tuesday that two rusted sub machine guns and six SAR guns were recovered by the workers who were hired to dig a house foundation in the land that belonged to Karambuzi in Igabiro Cell, Mwanjari Ward Southern Division, Kabale town.

“The police fire arm specialists will examine the recovered guns to establish whether they are working or otherwise,” Mr Maate said.

Igabiro Cell Local Council I chairperson, Mr Athanasius Mujaasi said four guns were recovered on Sunday by the site engineer, Mr Victor Byaruhanga.

Mr Maate said four more guns and a magazine were recovered on Tuesday afternoon.

Karambuzi was in March, 1973, publically executed by firing squad together with Joseph Bitwaari and David Kangire on orders of President Amin.

They were accused of being collaborators of the FRONASA, a rebel outfit that was led by President Yoweri Museveni.

 The three were buried in one grave in Kabale Main Stadium.

President Museveni, in 2015 visited the family of Karambuzi and promised to construct for them a commercial structure on the land in Kabale Municipality.

Mr Museveni writes in an autobiography ‘Sowing The Mustard Seed’ that around that time, they had smuggled into the country about 100 guns.

Mr Museveni says that Kangire, who had been deployed in Gulu to carry out recruitment and training, was betrayed by a one Latigo, who they thought was supporting the cause.

According to Mr Museveni, Sgt. Lino Owili who was mobilising ex-soldiers and policemen in Acholi to fight alongside FRONASA, informed Latigo about the presence of Kangire and others without knowing that he was a traitor.

Mr Museveni writes: “This same Latigo later betrayed Kangire, Labeja and Obwona when they were trying to move some guns from Atiak to Awere. It seems Lino had not headed my caution about Latigo because he was a relative of his. When Kangire arrived in Gulu to begin his work, Lino briefed Latigo about our group’s movements. Since Latigo had a car, he was even asked to transport Kangire and his colleagues, but he instead handed them over to Amin’s agents. Once Kangire was arrested he was asked about his contacts and it was he who mentioned (James) Karuhanga’s house at Kyambogo which we were using.”

Armed with this information, according to Mr Museveni, Amin soldiers, a few days later, surrounded their house in Kyambogo and arrested some of these FRONASA fighters including Karuhanga.

“In March 1973, James Karuhanga was publicly executed in front of his parents in Mbarara, although he had been captured in Kyambogo, near Kampala. On that notorious day in March, public executions were carried out in several towns around Uganda. People who had been captured in Kampala or Gulu were taken to their home areas to be executed before their families-such was mentality of the regime,” Mr Museveni writes. “Joseph Bitwaari and James Karambuzi were arrested and publicly executed in their home town of Kabale. In Gulu, Obwona from Atiak and Labeja from Awere were executed as a result of Latigo’s betrayal.”

President Amin was ousted in April 1979 by a combined force of Ugandans who were backed by  President Julius Nyerere.


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