The late old man was some short of village consultant in WW 2 history. He used to be invited in Primary Schools in the vicinity very frequently to tell the story of WW 2 esp how they (KAR) used to fight and survive in the jungles. My father lost his brother in the biggest boat-lift of African soldiers from Madagascar to India to take on the Japs when Japs sunk the ship in which his brother was and before that journey the two had agreed never to sail in the same ship together.

During WW 2 my late old man was one of those Africans who were decorated “Generals” and then off to Jinja to train new recruits, most of whom were deployed to fight the Mau Mau. Amin, indeed, was one of them. You must be quirking at the mention of my old man being a General. No he wasnt.. Its said for the African soldier those days the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM or I think Warrant Officer 2 – WO2) was iike that of a Genera bcos it was the highest those colonialist could give Africans. You reach that rank, you chill and forget bcos you dont expect anything higher. And the rest of African soldiers obeyed RSMs like they were Generals. The old man used to be very offended each time Amiin talked about fighting in Burma. The Moda Foka was NEVER there in the Eastern Front altho even some British historians continue to misplace the Baboon there. And believe me, all those Burmese veterans from Uganda knew each other East to West, North to South Uganda and sometimes EA at large. My father was Amin’s drill instructor in Jinja after WW 2 as a recruit.

Peter Gwokto La’Kitgum.
UAH member in Ottawa.


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