90 year old Former President Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa Q. C needs our prayers


binaisa is sick

Q C is credited for having ruled Uganda from hate to love.  Actually, apart from the Late Prof. Lule; he is the only president of Uganda who left at a time when many had hope.  Probably the freedom of speech at his time will take long to be matched given our design of democracy.  He ruled the country at probably one of the most difficult times when there were foreign troops in the country and it was not clear who actually was in control as some people took the opportunity to kill Ugandans as if they were killing pigs, insecurity was at its highest.

It is surprising that Godfrey after being put in house arrest at Entebbe had the guts to join Yoweri Museveni’s Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM).  Not long after the liberation of the country Q C left and he became a real critic of Museveni’s Government.  However, Q C eventually came back to the country and is the only former President who is alive!

Given advanced age, Godfrey is battling to stay alive and in the circumstances he needs all our prayers.

Willy Kituuka

Godfrey Lukongwa Binanisa

Godfrey Lukongwa Binanisa QC, the man who ascended to state power against furious opposition from his countrymen in Buganda.

He is known for being the architect of the movement ideology that he termed ” Ekigaali” or “Umbrella “, which was later adopted by the President Yoweri Museveni and his colleagues while in in the bush during their struggle against government.

He had to consolidate his position before embarking on any national development program and one of the instruments he used was the famous “Umbrella” which was sought to bring all Ugandans under the same political thought. Hardly a month after he had been sworn-in as President he had a task of leading the Ugandan delegation to the O.A.U summit in Nigeria where delegates condemned the role of the republic of Tanzania in the 1979 liberation war.

There were some elongated arguments as to whether the letter criticizing  Tanzania’s role in overthrowing the military regime of Idi Amin could be read to delegates, and Binaisa had failed to convince the Major General Olusengun Obasanjo for he was the host nation, Nigeria’s President then, he decided to storm out of the summit.

He feared to be part of the group criticising Tanzania and therefore its President Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere as this was dangerous to the stability of his office as president. It should be remembered that at this time it was a condition that any Ugandan president must be on good terms with Nyerere for his office to secured otherwise it was precarious because Nyerere was stil directing some political affairs in Uganda from the rear sit. He was still having the army in his hands.

But even after this effort Binaisa did not cautiously follow his moves because it was not long before he made a brander in making changes in his government and diplomatic appointments which did not go well with the wishes of the NCC and was there and then removed from office which military commission took over.

Binaisa threw himself back into exile and ever since he has just  returned after nearly 14 years in exile in the USA.

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  1. ugandansatheart,

    Hi Kituka,
    Its unfortunate that the old man is now fighting for his life.If M7 has any common sens he should look for Q/C to give him a word of wisdom before he passes.Iam sure the old man will accept and this is what he will tell him,”Ugandans need federo now and don’t bother to stand for re election.”Q/C has gone through what M7 is trying to do and he failed he tried the gun and he failed I thus don’t see M7 winning he will loose miserrably.
    joseph magandanzi

  2. ugandansatheart,

    Hi Kituka,
    Its unfortunate that the old man is now fighting for his life.If M7 has any common sens he should look for Q/C to give him a word of wisdom before he passes.Iam sure the old man will accept and this is what he will tell him,”Ugandans need federo now and don’t bother to stand for re election.”Q/C has gone through what M7 is trying to do and he failed he tried the gun and he failed I thus don’t see M7 winning he will loose miserrably.
    jspeh magandanzi
    USA

  3. ugandansatheart,

    joseph magandazi, the last time l followed the Q.C. , he could utter what his hosts wanted. If he could be a federalist if the audience is mMengo, or unitary if it is Soroti, But in an interview with one of the FM stations on the day he returned, Binaisa said that he was still opposed to monarchism and federalism just as he was in the sixties.
    If you read Akena Adoko, From Obote to Obote, it was binaisa who advised Obote to abolish kingdoms and declare Uganda a republic under 1967 Constitution. Yet press reports said that he resigned as attorney general BECAUSE HE WAS OPPOSED TO ABOLISHING KINGDOMS. Hadn’t Binaries intervened, we may have got rid of Oboe as early as 1966 an Copilot , an Amin, or an Okay would not have turned into an Amin of the seventies.There was even chances for Grace Binger and Ben Kiwanuka.
    aHMED KATEREGA
    NEWVISION

  4. Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa has been one of the surviving Presidents. I was glad Museveni had the wisdom to call them (past presidents) home.
    With his beautiful smile, he cherished having been picked as a leader at Uganda Cross Roads.
    I had been charmed by his honesty having not stollen a shilling!. Otherwise he would not have been forced to work as hard as he did here in exile in USA. With his anecdotes at lunch time in New York. It pains that Uganda is still in a quagmire!
    I have all praise for Binaisa for steering Uganda from chaos. It is surprising that Ugandans do not confer honours on their Own servants. Binaisa only has one from abroad. I knew his mother and father. At 90 years God loves Binaisa a lot, may he recover from all ailiments.
    I am glad that I had been a good friend of both Lule and Binaisa as God’s child. Honourable men of service. Uganda owes them much. All my prayers to Godfrey Binaisa. I shall always remember that his father Rev. Binaisa was the best friend of my grandfather and mother Erieza Nakaana Kaluma. Rev. Binaisa had been bestman at Erieza Kaluma’s wedding at Namirembe Cathedraw, when he married Zerida Nambwayo Mbabali from Prime Minister’s House, Katikiro Tefero Kisosonkole.
    My grandfather Erieza Kaluma always referred to Binaisa’s father as one who had been sent to Missionary Works in Mbooga Zaire, while Erieza Nakaana -Kaluma was sent to Ibanda, Ankole to preach the Gospel Good news and to teach. I had grown up from age of 4 years at my grand father’s house, Many times I had seen Rev. Binaisa and Erieza Kaluma in company of each other as friends and Missionaries. hence the Binaisas were family friends. May Binaisa live to be over a 100!
    Christine Kaluma

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