Ex presidential adviser Chango Macho is dead
Posted Wednesday, October 16 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- Former special presidential adviser, Chango Macho w’Obanda is dead.
He died yesterday evening while being taken to Mulago Referral Hospital after his health condition deteriorated at his home in Kololo, Kampala, family sources said.
Born in the 1920s, Chango Macho was minister for rehabilitation in President Museveni’s first cabinet in 1986. He later represented Samia Bugwe South in the Constituent Assembly.
One of the vocal UPC youth wingers who agitated for independence, Chango Macho later fell out with president Milton Obote and was, along with others, expelled from UPC in the 1960s.
He then teamed up with Dani Wadada Nabudere, who had also been expelled from UPC, to provide ideological opposition to Obote.
Chango Macho dropped his name, Ben, which is believed to have either stood for Benjamin or Bernard, because together with many of his contemporaries – like Bidandi Ssali, Kintu Musoke and Kirunda Kivejinja – they preferred to be referred to by their African names.
In 1980, Chango Macho was among the founding members of the Uganda Patriotic Movement, which President Museveni led.
In the 1970s, Chango Macho headed the Centre for Continuing Education at Makerere University.