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Former president Godfrey Binaisa dead

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Former Ugandan President Godfrey Binaisa died in his sleep on Thursday August 5 at his home in Makindye – a Kampala suburb at 90 years.

Family sources say he suffered a stroke earlier this year and has not been feeling well since then. The source added that the government was assisting with the burial preparations and would be having a meeting in a short while.

Binaisa served as Provisional President of Uganda and Attorney General in the post independent government of Uganda of the 1960s.

He was born on 30 May 1920, appointed Queens council(QC) in 1956 and practiced law in Kampala before freeing the country when Amin took over power.

Following the overthrow of Idi Amin in 1979, Binaisa returned to Uganda. After Idi Amin, Yusuf Lule served as the interim president before Binaisa replaced him. Binaisa was on June 20, 1979, appointed President of Uganda by the National Consultative Commission, which was then the supreme governing body of the Uganda National Liberation Front.

 The Military Commission, UNLF, headed by the Paulo Muwanga whose deputy was Yoweri Museveni (then leader of Uganda Patriotic Movement), later overthrew him, on 12 May 1980.

The Presidential Commission of Uganda with among others Paulo Muwanga, Yoweri Museveni, Oyite Ojok and Tito Okello led the country until the December 1980 general elections.

Binaisa had joined, and was made vice president of the Uganda Patriotic Movement.

However, when Milton Obote’s UPC won the elections, the results were disputed, leading Museveni to launch a guerilla rebellion, which subsequently led him to gain the presidency in 1986.

 


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written by Samuel , August 05, 2010
May his soul rest in eternal peace! Ugandans will miss you
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written by Napho, August 05, 2010
He was a humble man. The world and Uganda in particular, will miss him.....May his soul rest in eternal peace
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written by Timothy Atuhaire, August 05, 2010

Within the limits of a man's usual imperfections he was great. He was yesterday still the only Advocate to have held the Presidency; - He was a wisecracker; and he also had longevity in the family - his father died over 100 years old. He was Godfrey Binaisa QC, Advocate, to me most though, for his very very challenging Constitutional Law work in the late 60s around the 66 and 67 Constitutions as Attorney General when his huge, radical, intrigue-riven, overreaching client (the GOU) needed a lot of propping up.
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written by Adolf, August 06, 2010
Binaisa was agreat leader who lived and ruled Uganda at atime when Politicians and educated individual were at risk of being brutally murdered.I was however dismay when a mengo official (Peter Mayira) refered him to as ''an acomplice'' in their self made troubles they have been going through with every post independence Government in Uganda.
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written by Air Rift, August 07, 2010
The Presidential Commission of Uganda with among others Paulo Muwanga, Yoweri Museveni, Oyite Ojok and Tito Okello led the country until the December 1980 general elections.
This was the most exciting time in Uganda's political history
written by Ocheto, August 07, 2010
The post-Amin period was the most intellectually exciting period in its political history. So many people, especially among those who had returned from exile, were constantly jockeying for positions, with no one guaranteed to come on top. Because of the uncertainty of the outcome it was also dangerous; so many Ugandans - both prominent and unimportant - died in gory of violence that almost seemed to match Amin days, if not worse. Binaisa was a compromise candidate as Yusuf Lule had been which certainly made them weak. The contenders were always between Museveni vs. Muwanga and Oyite (for Obote). Binaisa tried to ban parties ..I guess like he banned kingdoms. Like Lule, he, even with his umbrella or kigali (bus), inclusive politics, had no political base so he stood no chance.
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