Soldier Who Pelted President Museveni With Rotten Eggs Dead Top story

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Retired Lieutenant Hajji Yusuf Wamboga, a former soldier who pelted President Yoweri Museveni with rotten eggs during a state visit to Sweden in 1995 has died. Wamboga died on Wednesday at about 2:00pm.

Retired Lieutenant Hajji Yusuf Wamboga, a former soldier who pelted President Yoweri Museveni with rotten eggs during a state visit to Sweden in 1995, has died.
 
Wamboga died on Wednesday at about 2:00pm. Wamboga was driving back from Mt Elgon Hospital, Mbale district, where he had gone for a medical check-up.
 
Eye witnesses told Wamboga's family that he seemed to lose control of the vehicle about 100 metres from the hospital and rammed into a tree.
 
His body was taken to Mt. Elgon hospital where a doctor said he had suffered a fatal heart attack.
 
A family source who declined to be named told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that Wamboga had been unwell for four months. He had been receiving treatment from Mt Elgon Hospital for swellings all over his body.
 
Wamboga had been the official driver of Mbale LC V chairman, Benard Mujjasi at the time of his death.
 
His body was taken this morning to his home in Lutonyi village, Bulusambu parish, Busiu district in Mbale for burial this afternoon.
 
He was survived by three wives and more than seven children.
 
Wamboga is remembered for pelting President Museveni with rotten eggs in Sweden during his state visit on May 3rd 1995. The former intelligence army officer had fled into exile in 1987, shortly after the National Resistance Army took power.
 
Wamboga told URN that he pelted President Museveni with the rotten eggs to attract international attention to the plight of Ugandans in exile. He said that many Ugandans in exile in Sweden wanted to return home but were fearful for their safety.
 
The demonstration was staged under the Africa Civil Rights Movement.
 
Wamboga was briefly arrested by the Swedish Police who released him after they determined he had not used a harmful weapon in the attack. However, Wamboga was deported by the Swedes in 1997 despite protests that his life might be in danger.

At the end of his life, Wamboga had become an NRM supporter and mobilizer in Mbale. Alfred Namasa, the Busiu Sub county councillor, says his death is a big loss to the community, his family and the country.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.