By Spy Uganda
Kampala: HE.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the president of Uganda who is famous of leading rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin and Milton Obote before he captured power in the 1980’s, amidst his tight campaign schedule, today he has revealed how he escaped being killed in the struggle to liberate Uganda.
President revealed the ordeal on his brief visit to the family of late Bugisu legendary FRONASA veteran, civil rights activist, and community activist, Jack Maumbe Mukhwana, one of the core founders of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Political Party alongside Museveni.
Museveni noted that in their efforts to end Idi Amin’s regime in the early 1970’s, they held a meeting in Mukhwana’s house and were ambushed by Amin’s soldiers.
He says some of his soldiers were killed in Mukhwana’s compound and fortunately he managed to escape to Nashibisho forest where he got other means to run from the attack.
It is from the above ground that Museveni appealed to Ugandans to always remember and appreciate the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of this country.
Who Is FRONASA Hero Mukhwana?
Jack Maumbe Mukhwana (18 April 1939 – 27 February 2017) was a Ugandan politician, civil rights activist, war veteran and community Activist. He was one of the core founders of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Political Party in Uganda alongside President Yoweri Museveni.
Jack Maumbe Mukhwana was born in a polygamous family in Busiu, Mbale district in Eastern Uganda but later relocated to Mabanga village in Bungokho sub country, Busilikori parish. He went to Nabongo Primary School, Nabumali SSS and finally Makerere University where he later on met and married his wife Beth Maumbe in 1970. He had six children.
He fought in the liberation struggle against the dictatorial regime of Idi Amin. He was a rebel of a group that was known as Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) alongside other veterans like Museveni who was by then the leader. He was also a community activist who acted as a medium between the Eastern Uganda politicians and the central government in cases of disagreement and opposition.
At a certain point in the struggle for liberation, he is notably remembered for hiding and shielding President Museveni from Idi Amin’s soldiers who were ready to massacre all the FRONASA members who were by then rebels. In 1986 Jack was appointed a Deputy Minister for information and later on a member of parliament of Mbale district.
Unfortunately he died of colon cancer on 27 February 2017.