Ex Minister Wanume Kibedi Dies at London Hospital

Deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinj has announced to the country, order the death of Ambassador Joshua Wanume Kibedi, seek former Minister of Foreign Affairs from January 1971 to January 1973.

He died at dawn on Monday at St. Thomas Hospital in London, store according to Kivejinja.

He had long suffered from gout and has been in coma in recent days.

Kibedi gave support to NRM in the 1980s during the Bush War.

On taking power, President Museveni appointed him Ambassador to the United Nations and later Ambassador to the Soviet Union.

Deputy Prime Minister Kivejinja is setting up a funeral committee and has informed President Museveni whom he expects will assist with repatriation of Kibedi’s body.

Wanume Kibedi and his sister Mama Maryamu Kibedi Amin, made a tough choice in 1973 when President Idi Amin, who was Kibedi’s brother in law, murdered former Obote 1 Cabinet Minister Shaban Kirunda Nkutu. Nkutu was an uncle to the Kibedis, who considered him a father.

Kibedi was attending an Organization of African Unity Conference meeting of Foreign Ministers in Ghana when he learnt of Nkutu’s murder and the disappearance of his body.

On confirming that Nkutu was dead and President Amin was responsible, Kibedi immediately announced his resignation from the Cabinet and denounced his brother in law, President Amin, as a murderer.

He spent decades in exile in Britain, where he ran a successful law practice, Kibedi and Co. Advocates, at Lewisham High Street in London.

He later linked up with his cousin Kivejinja, who was working in the NRM’s External Wing, to support the war effort.

The murder of Shaban Nkutu also came between Amin and his senior wife, Maryamu Kibedi, sibling to Wanume, who was known to the country as Mama Maryamu.

The violent death of her uncle at the hands of her husband forced the First Lady to abandon her children at State House and flee the country via the Kenya border.

Amin declared her divorced. Vice President Daniel arap Moi helped her to find safety in Britain where she has lived a traumatized life.

Wanume Kibedi was descended from the Baisemenhya, one of the 11 royal clans of Busoga, who trace their ancestry to the Bunyoro royal family as descendants of former Omukama Agutamba Nyamutukura, who reigned in the 19th century.

Kibedi’s late father was one of the first Basoga to go to school and he was a headmaster of Busoga College Mwiri.

Deputy Prime Minister Kivejinja will announce funeral and burial details in collaboration with the family and the government.


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