Museveni meets the relatives of late Ben Kiwanuka.
At State House in Entebbe, President Yoweri Museveni met and spoke with the family of the late Chief Justice of Uganda Benedicto Kiwanuka.
Imelda Kiwanuka, the oldest daughter of the late Kiwanuka, served as team leader for the group of seven people. Others were Ms. Regina Kiwanuka, their kids, and Ambassador Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka and his wife Rebecca Kagimu.
The President and the family talked on how to carry out several initiatives started in honor of the first Chief Justice of Uganda, who was appointed in 1971.
Ben Kiwanuka was one of 55 political prisoners that Idi Amin promptly freed after the coup that put Amin in power after being imprisoned by Obote’s regime in 1969.
On June 27, 1971, Amin appointed him as the country’s chief justice. However, Kiwanuka quickly ran into trouble because of Amin’s contempt for the law.
As Kiwanuka presided over a High Court session in the immediate aftermath of Obote’s invasion of Uganda in 1972, Amin’s forces detained him under threat of lethal force.
On September 21, 1972, while President Amin was in power, Kiwanuka was assassinated after being kidnapped from his chambers at the High Court in Kampala.
To this date the whereabouts of his remains is still unknown.