Sunday, March 17, 2013


At work on his farm, Kayaza wonders whether Museveni ever thinks about the little boy who helped him escape into Tanzania. PHOTO/Joseph Batte (New Vision)
They soon heard a lot of unusual rumbling noise over on the Tanzanian side, and later concluded that they were probably troops as they readied to attack the country. In less than a week, the 1979 war had started.

The Tanzanian forces first attacked Kasumba, and people leaving near the border fled. After capturing the areas around, the liberators held a public rally at Rugaga trading center and Kayaza was to make a shocking discovery.

“I went to attend with my father and to my shock, the Muhima herdsman who lived with us in our tent, who I used to escort, who wanted to buy our land and who abandoned me in Tanzania, was the same man who was addressing the rally. “I recognised him. He was not as big as he is today. His frame was slightly smaller. He was a handsome man, with a prominent forehead, and a moustache and spoke Runyankole with a little stammer.“That is when we realised our herdsman looking for land was actually a spy on a relatively dangerous mission. We think it included spying on my father who the Tanzanians suspected of being Amin’s spy.”

The same herdsman would surprise them, years later, when he captured power and was sworn in as the country’s president.

This is just a part of the article, which you can read it all at:
Kayaza's modest house. He says: "I am not going to ask him [Museveni] for money; the money I make is enough." (photo via New Vision)

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