Museveni Campaigns for Idi Amin’s Grandson, Meets Fallen Dictator’s Son

Uganda’s president and chairman of ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Yoweri Museveni has met the son of fallen dictator Idi Amin Dada and campaigned for the fallen dictator’s grandson.

Museveni was campaigning for Idi Amin’s grandson who is a candidate in a by-election  at Yabweri village, Mutunda sub-county in the Kibanda North constituency in Kiryandongo District.

President Museveni arriving at the event

The president urged voters to return Taban Amin (Jege-Jege) to Parliament.

Museveni also invited Taban’s father Shaban Amin, son of former President Idi Amin, to greet the voters.

Museveni (L) Meets Idi Amin’s son, Shaban Amin (R)

In May, three Justices of the Court of Appeal Steven Kavuma, Cheborion Barishaki and Paul Mugamba ruled in favour of Taban’s challenger Sam Amooti Otada.

Court then ordered fresh polls in Kibanda North in Kiryandongo, and directed Taban and the Electoral Commission to pay Otada’s court costs.

NRM supporters cheering Museveni and Taban Amin at the Campaign

The judges upset a decision by Masindi High Court Judge Elizabeth Nahamya that had upheld Taban’s election.

Court ruled that Taban had failed to prove that he was registered as a voter in Kibanda North.

Taban’s name appeared on the National Voters’ Register as Amin Tampo; on his National ID he is Taban Idi Amin; on his nomination form, academic documents and passport he appears as Idi Taban Amin.

Voting will take place Thursday August 10.

Marion Ayebazibwe