President Yoweri Museveni has said that the late Janani Luwum, the former archbishop of the Church of Uganda did not die in vain but his deeds laid a firm foundation on which his predecessors are standing, more than 40 years after his death.
Museveni made the statement during the official ceremony for the celebration of the life of Janani Luwum which was ended on yesterday, in 1976, at the hands of then-president Field Marshall Iddi Amin Dada.
He was murdered together with the former Inspector General of Police Wilson Erinayo Oryema, and former Defence Minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi for criticizing the excesses of Idi Amin’s regime.
The regime was characterized by immense suffering, violence and abuses of human rights. During this time, the economy collapsed, inflation rose and thousands were brutally murdered.
According to a report by the Anglican Focus, Ugandans at that time survived by not trusting anyone, putting their heads down and trying to avoid being noticed.
But Museveni criticized President Idi Amin for fearing criticism, for which he said was an act of cowardice adding that there was no need for the former President to end the life of the Archbishop and the other senior members of government, over such issues. ENDS