Andrew Kayiira

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Andrew Kayiira
Born c. 1945 (age 71–72)
Nkokonjeru Buganda, Uganda
Died 9 March 1987
Cause of death Assassination
Body discovered Bbunga
Nationality Ugandan
Other names Lutaakome
Citizenship Uganda, United States
Education Master of Arts
PhD in criminal justice
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor's degree in criminal justice
Diploma in criminal justice
Alma mater Namilyango College
Makerere University
State University of New York
University of Southern Illinois
Occupation Lawyer, professor
Years active 1971–87
Employer Civil service in the Prisons Department Uganda
New York State University
Organization State University of New York
Agent Government of Uganda
Known for His book Kondoism in Uganda, Leader of the Uganda Political Freedom Movement, former Minister for energy
Home town Kanzize, Masuliita: Mpigi District
Political party Uganda Freedom Movement Democratic Party

Andrew Lutaakome Kayiira (30 January 1945 – 9 March 1987), M.A., PhD, was the leader of the Uganda Freedom Movement (UFM), a guerrilla organization that fought the governments of Milton Obote and Tito Okello between 1980 and 1986. Kayiira and the UFM were often seen as a rival to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) led by Yoweri Museveni, which was also fighting a guerrilla war against the Obote and Okello governments. When the NRM took power in 1986, Kayiira was appointed Minister for Energy by Museveni. Later that year, Kayiira was arrested for treason but later released. He was murdered by unknown gunmen on 9 March 1987.[1][2]

Education and early career[edit]

Kayiira attended Namilyango College and was admitted to the Faculty of Mathematics at Makerere University but instead he chose to work for the government Civil Service in the Prisons Department where he rose to assistant superintendent. He later won a scholarship to the United Kingdom where he obtained a Diploma in Criminal Justice. He then moved to the United States to attend the University of Southern Illinois, where he gained a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a Master of Arts and a PhD in criminal justice from the State University of New York.[3]

UK and USA[edit]

He completed his studies in UK with a diploma in Criminal Justice. He was awarded a scholarship by the United States Government to attend the University of Southern Illinois, where in 1971 he achieved his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In Albany, the capital of the State of New York, at the State University Lutaakome Andrew Kayiira worked and respectively obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. His doctoral dissertation titled "Kondoism in Uganda" has internationally contributed an addition of "kondoism" as a new terminology in criminology.

Pressed by the vicissitude of the Idi Amin conditions, Kayiira found himself being forced into exile in the United States. He gained an assistant professorship of criminal justice at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. With this base, Kayiira reached out to Ugandans in the US. It was his practice that whenever he arrived in a city or town he was not familiar with, one of the first things he did was to pick up a telephone directory, look up Ugandan names, and try to link up with them.

He founded the UF, which he enunciated by means of a Newsletter called "SASA UFU". An executive committee was established in 1978, the chair of which was attorney Godfrey Binaayiisa. It was then sensed by the Boston group, which included Henry Bwambale, Kalu Kalumiya, Olara Otunnu, Justine Sabiti, Mubiru Musoke, and Aloysius Lugira, that UFU needed a new leadership. Kayiira was nominated to stand with Binaisa. At the general meeting held in New York, Kayiira was unanimously elected chairman of UFU.[3]

The UNLF factor[edit]

The Uganda National Liberation Front was a political group formed by exiled Ugandans opposed to the rule of Idi Amin. It worked alongside the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) that acted as a sister wing in liberating Uganda from the alleged autocratic leadership of Idi Amin Dada. It fought alongside Tanzanian forces in the Uganda-Tanzania War that led to the overthrow of Idi Amin's regime.[4]

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