Former Ugandan President Godfrey Binaisa died in his sleep on Thursday August 5 at his home in Makindye â€“ 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.
Â 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 Oboteâ€™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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