Col Oryema To Be Reburied Today

President Yoweri Museveni is expected today Thursday 18, b as chief guest at the reburial of the remains of former Inspector General of Police Lt Col Wilson Erinayo Oryema who died 37 years ago.

The ceremony will take place at the late Erinayo’s home in Nwoya district.

Museveni directed as part of the police centenary celebrations, that the former IGP be reburied in full honor as requested by his family.

Erinayo was murdered in July 1977 at the hand of the dictatorial Iddi Amin regime along with Archbishop Janani Luwum and Interior Minister Charles Oboth Ofumbi.

Born January 1917, cCol Oryema was appointed the first indigenous Inspector General of Police on the African continent in 1962.

He also served as a Cabinet Minister of Minerals and water resources in 1971 and later minister of lands before being slain by the same regime.

He was awarded among others, the Colonial Police Medal by Her Majesty the Queen, the Order of St John, and a posthumous Golden Jubilee Medal last year.


A young University student at the time of Oryema’s murder, Makerere University Chancellor Prof Mondo Kagonyera recalled him as a perfect gentleman.

“His death was one of the worst crimes that the then regime could commit,” he said. “I hope that what happened to Oryema and the Archbishop Luwum would never happen again in Uganda.

His eldest daughter Mrs Gertrude Oryema said the memory of her father was that of a good man who was never into tribalism or politics.

“Through our childhood, he trained us to steer clear of politics: we were not even allowed to read newspapers or engage in political debates. To this date none of us is in active politics,” she said during a public lecture held in memory of Oryema by the Police force on Tuesday.

Gertrude went on to praise the current government and President Yoweri Museveni for remembering the good services of her father.

“I have waited more than 30 years for this. Since the death of our father our family has been like outcasts; no one ever visited his grave.”

Army Chief Political Commissar Col Felix Kulaigye described as befitting, the reburial of Oryema, noting that being buried without honor after many years of good service was a minus to any institution.

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