I Had No Hand In Mayombo Death - Amama

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Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi told supporters in Fort Portal that Mayombo was his close friend, and there was no reason for him to want Mayombo dead.

Independent Presidential Candidate, Amama Mbabazi denies having a hand in the death of former Ministry of Defense Permanent Secretary, Brig. Noble Mayombo.
Mbabazi was on Tuesday addressing a campaign rally at Boma Grounds in Fort Portal. 

According to Mbabazi, he has been hearing rumours linking him to the death, but he kept quiet and had not got a right time to speak about it.
"I have been hearing rumours that I had a hand in Mayombo's death. How can that be?" Mbabazi asked.
Mbabazi also defended himself that a government committee set up to probe Mayombo's death never mentioned his name in their report.
"Mayombo was one of my best friends in government. How then can I have had a hand in his death? The probe committee by the government did not implicate me," Mbabazi added amidst silence from the crowd. 

Brig. Noble Mayombo, the then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence and a close aide to President Yoweri Museveni died in 2007 at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi. According to doctors, he succumbed to severe pancreatitis.

At his burial in Kijura, Kabarole district, President Museveni told mourners that a probe team, to be headed by Brig. James Mugira, the then head of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence would investigate Mayombo's death.

However, the probe committee finished its investigations and handed its report to the President, but it has never been made public
It is not clear what prompted Mbabazi to speak about the death of Mayombo at the rally. 

However, a source in the Go-Forward camp who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network that Mbabazi had earlier been briefed by his team in the Tooro region, that some leaders are spreading the rumours to tarnish his candidature.  

Prior to Mbabazi's arrival, a chopper carrying Lt General Henry Tumukunde landed at the Boma Grounds and distributed campaign posters of President Museveni.


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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.