- Idi Amin Dada was a Ugandan military officer
- He served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979
- Amin was born either in Koboko or Kampala to a Kakwa father and Lugbara mother
- In 1946, he joined the King’s African Rifles (KAR) of the British Colonial Army as a cook
By Adidi Rashul
Koboko- The Clerics have called on Ugandans to forget about some of the negative perceptions about the late President Idi Amin Dada.
Speaking during the service at St Mark Church Nyarilo in Koboko to remember Idi Amin of 40 years of collapse, the Bishop of Lango diocese, Rt Rev Alfred Olua, said the prayers is a tool for reconciliation. He said should desist from having negative perceptions on the Kakwa where Amin hailed.
“In the prayers today, we have forgiven the people of Koboko,” he said.
During the prayers, the emotions went high after a section of the congregation wept as they reflected on the past.
The Lango diocese has now sponsored six Kakwa students up to University level and the Kakwa have also forgiven the Lango by giving them 200 chairs for Lango diocese as part of the reconciliation process.
Lc5 Chairman, Saidi Nginya, said people should have the spirit of love, forgiveness. He warned people against acts of revenge that Idi Amin killed people.
“People should practice agriculture instead of focusing on issues that happened in the past,” he said.
Rtd Ambassador Olara Otunnu, called on government to support the reconciliation processes all over the country. “The regime was not only ruled by soldiers or government officials from Koboko or the Kakwa’s. But during Amin’s regime, the soldiers were not only from Koboko but from other parts of the country. So other regions having the hatred for the people from Koboko is not a good mindset,” he said.
Yakani Charles, former Parliamentary candidate for Koboko said, this reconciliation process started in 2016 but effectively started this year where the Kakwa’s on February 15th went to Lango to reconcile.
President Idi Amin was toppled on April 11, 1979.