Last night President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni paid tribute to Mzee Boniface Byanyima who died on Tue 16th May 2017. Mzee Boniface Byanyima, one of Uganda’s pioneer pre-independence politicians has been the father of Ms Winnie Byanyima, of former Mbarara Municipality MP and the current executive director of Oxfam International. Winnie is a wife of Dr Kizza Besigye, the four-time presidential candidate.
Mzee Byanyima first met President Yoweri Museveni in the late 1950s at Mbarara High School. The two are said to have got along so well that Mzee Byanyima eventually let Mr Museveni stay in his home, commonly known as Green Cottages, in Ruti, 4 kilometres from Mbarara town, on Kabale Road.
When Mr Museveni went to the bush to wage a guerilla war against Milton Obote’s government, Mzee Byanyima reportedly looked after his mother.