Idi Amin’s Family Seeks Permission to Attend Janan Luwum Day

Amin's son Hussein Lumumba Amin is seeking permission to attend Janan Luwum Day celebrations

Secondary schools and other post O’Level institutions have been urged to prioritize science subjects and skilling students to cater for the increasing market demand.

The Minister of Education, doctor website like this Science and Sports Hon. Jessica Alupo said this can be achieved by taking affirmative action on these subjects to encourage students to undertake them.

The Minister’s message was delivered by Prof. Sande Stevens Tickodri Togboa, Minister of Higher Education while officiating at the opening of the Selection exercise for Senior Five students as well as Primary Teaching Colleges and Technical Institutes at UMA in Lugogo.

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“As government we maintain that schools place more emphasis for future support in institutions of higher learning to match with labor demand in priority sectors like; agriculture, energy, health, manufacturing, oil and gas,” read Hon. Alupo’s statement.

She requested head teachers and Principals to consider admitting students with grades as low as Credit 4 for science combinations this year.

Hon. Alupo asserted that government is making efforts to make curriculum reforms to build the required skills to produce employable and productive workforce.

Government has increased the number of technical institutions while other existing ones have been expanded and rehabilitated.

“We have reviewed the curriculum for technical institutions and a new curriculum is to be launched on February 28. This will address the relevance of regional unemployment, skills incompetency and improving the labor market,” Minister Alupo remarked.

While the government has strived to increase capacity within schools to better skill students in sciences, Minister Tickodri condemned the tendency of under-utilizing these facilities.

“Government donated computers to schools in order to advance ICT but most schools close these computer laboratories and students have no access. These facilities must be used for the purpose for which they were intended,” Minister Tickodri told head teachers.
Following government declaration of February 16 as Janan Luwum Day, more about relatives of fallen President Idi Amin have requested government to allow them attend the celebrations.

Archbishop Janan Luwum was murdered in 1977 during Amin’s regime under mysterious circumstances. It is suspected that Amin ordered his execution after the Archbishop protested the arbitrary killings by the regime.

In a statement released on Wednesday, rx the elder son of the late President Amin, Hussein Lumumba Amin said; “However since the repatriation idea has also been suggested as a meaningful vehicle for Uganda’s national reconciliation, allow me to offer instead that we his family join the country to mourn the Late Archbishop Janan Luwum at the upcoming memorial.”

“I believe it is a worthy conciliatory gesture for us to at least be present at this important national ceremony scheduled for 16/02/2016. In this regard I hope that we could be officially invited by the memorial’s organizing committee,” Hussein added.

Reacting to Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi’s recent promise to repatriate Idi Amin’s remains back to Uganda, Hussein expressed gratitude for the gesture.

“I imagine that it should be beneficial for him to make such a statement during campaign season and at a time when the Ugandan people are revisiting the negative history that was maliciously propagated in regards to my father, the late Al Hajji Field Marshal Idi Amin.”

The statement further read; “The youths now know he was a leader who did so much for his country and it’s people, to the extent that he is considered by many Ugandans as the most patriotic leader the country has ever had.”

He however explained that the decision to have their father buried in Saudi Arabia was informed by several consultations including the government of Uganda.

According to Hussein, his father had requested that some of his official items (Ugandan flag, protection weapons and some confidential documents) be handed over to the Saudi King.

“We had also consulted officials in Kampala and had received the government position from spokesperson Ofwono Opondo by text message after I had kindly requested him to inquire with his seniors.”

“Islamic religious leaders and scholars both in Saudi Arabia and Uganda were also consulted in line with my own father’s request that whatever should happen to him, his funeral should be conducted strictly according to Islamic norms and rules.”

He adds that as the most senior son near his father when he died, Saudi law required that he signs the final decision before proceeding for the funeral.

“The decision was handed to the Saudi Royal court for their official records together with a copy of my passport. And that is how we all came to the decision on where my father Al Hajji Field Marshal Idi Amin, will lay to rest.”


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