August 1, 2013

Adrisi Family Petitions Govt Over Unfulfilled Pledges

The family of departed former Vice President Gen. Mustafa Adrisi has petitioned government to fulfill the promises that were made to them.

Speaking during the burial of Gen. Adrisi on Wednesday at Keri Central Village in Koboko district, one of the deceased’s daughters Bako Mustafa, who spoke on behalf of the family, said government should do the restocking of their father’s farm that was destroyed during the 1979 war.

Former Vice President Mustafa Adrisi passed away on Sunday
Former Vice President Mustafa Adrisi passed away on Sunday

She said President Yoweri Museveni had promised to give about 200 head of cattle to restock Adrisi’s farm. She also said some of Adrisi’s children have dropped out of school because they lack funds. She appealed to government to complete the house it started building for him at Keri Central village.

The youngest son of Adrisi is 15 years and is struggling with his education in primary seven. She noted that there was need to establish a district farm institute at Kuluba in his memory since he had already acquired land there to establish a fish farm.

According to Bako, the regime their late father served was grossly accused of brutality and killings but it is good the commission of inquiry cleared him of any wrongdoing. She paid tribute to the government of Sudan that kept their father and his big family during the time he was in exile.

Gen Adrisi died on the morning of July 28 at Mulago Hospital where he was being treated for hypertension, diabetes and a fracture in his right leg. He was believed to be 87 at the time of his death.

FUNERAL TURNS POLITICAL

Shortly after Bako’s speech, the funeral turned political when there were speeches made praising president Museveni’s government and the votes he garnered in the district in the past elections.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, who was the chief mourner, apologized on behalf of NRM for referring to soldiers who served under Obote and Amin’s governments as killers. He said the soldiers are now recognized as Ugandan soldiers.

Mbabazi said Museveni’s government deserves credit for the support it has extended to the people of Koboko.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi apologized on behalf of govt for
Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi apologized on behalf of NRM for referring to soldiers who served under Amin and Obote’s regimes as killers

But the statements made by the Prime Minister did not go well with some leaders in West Nile, especially opposition politicians, who accused him of using the occasion to give praise to Museveni. Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri said he was disappointed that Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi used the occasion to give praise to Museveni when Gen. Adrisi was neglected at Mulago hospital.

In 2012, government spent over 400 million to renovate Adrisi’s 19-bedroom house in Arua. The government was also footing his medical bills till his death. On Monday, President Museveni contributed 100 million shillings towards burial expenses.

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