Sam Otada Withdraws from Kibanda North By-election after Museveni Forgave Him, Amin’s Grandson Retains Seat

Uganda’s fallen dictator Idi Amin’s grandson Taban Jege-jege Amin is now unopposed in the Kibanda North Parliamentary by-election after Sam Otada Owor Amooti pulled out of the race.

Otada’s withdrawal came just hours to the August 10 by-election.

Otada’s withdrawal notice

It also comes just a day after three-decade president and ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party chairman Yoweri Museveni said he had forgiven Otada for fighting him.

“When this man was talking ill against me, calling me a fool, I never responded… “Like a father, I normally forgive people who serve me, including Otada,” Museveni said at a rally to campaign for NRM party flag-bearer Taban Idi Amin.

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.

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 was scheduled for Thursday August 10 but Otada has informed the Electoral Commission of his withdrawal from the race.

His withdrawal notice was signed by registered voters Patrick Otim and Catherine Kimuli.

Marion Ayebazibwe