Tuesday June 10 2014

Man demands Shs500m for recovering veteran’s remains

By Mudangha Kolyangha

Pallisa- The soldier who gave information that led to the recovery of the remains of former Fronasa freedom fighter Martin Mwesigwa, has vowed to meet President Museveni, to demand his reward of Shs500 million.

Cpt Dick Rogers Gonsha, a former soldier during Idi Amin’s government, stormed the Daily Monitor offices in Namuwongo last Friday, alleging that in January 2005, he helped the search team headed by Brig Silver Kayemba to the UPDF Bumageni Garrison, in Mbale District, in the recovery of Mwesigwa’s remains.

“The best alternative is meeting President Museveni over this matter. I did provide the service but unfortunately, the agreement we made is not being honoured despite several attempts to compel them to pay me, which have fallen on deaf ears,” Cpt Gonsha said.

Mwesiga was killed by former president Amin’s soldiers on January 22, 1973 at the home of Jack Maumbe Mukhana, a FRONASA freedom fighter.

According to documents availed to the Daily Monitor, both the search team headed by Brig Kayemba, then 3rd Division commander, and coordinated by then UPDF deputy chief of staff , Brig Benon Biraro, an agreement was entered with Cpt Gonsha, promising to reward him.

The agreement dated January 24, 2005 signed by Brig Kayemba, read in part: “That the family and or the State shall meet all expenses incurred by any person who gives information to the recovery of the remains of Mwesigwa, to be taken for decent burial after he was killed by unknown people and buried in undisclosed location.”