Former Uganda President and ex U.S. lawyer buried

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The first ex-president of Uganda to die within the country, Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa has today been burried at Natete church grave yard near Kampala. The former president also practiced law in USA during his years in exile.

Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa, who was born on 30th May 1920, died on Thursday last week at 90 years at his home in Kampala.

The late Binaisa was a member of Uganda National Congress and United Congress Party in 1950s before he joined Uganda Peoples Congress. Has was appointed a Queens Counsel (QC) in 1956.

A professional lawyer and former Attorney General (1962-1968) in the post Uganda independent government in 1960s, Benisia practised law in the United States during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

All former presidents of Uganda are buried in the country, with the exception of Idi Amin. They all died in exile. Sir Edward Mutesa was president between 1962-66, after which Apolo Milton Obote to over in 1966 until his departure from office in 1971, Yusuf Kironde Lule 1979. Idi Amin Dada also died in exile but was buried in Saudi Arabia where he died.

In 1969 Binaisa practiced as a private lawyer in Kampala until Iddi Amin took over the political arena in Uganda. Binaisa went to exile in United States of America where he practised law. Binaisa returned to Uganda after Idi Amin was overthrown. He served as president between 1979 and 1980.

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