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Sons of Nyerere, Idi Amin to meet in Butiama

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  1. kinetiq01

    kinetiq01 Member

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    BBC World Service will make history on Thursday 9 April as it brings together the families of two former East African leaders whose hostility toward each other led to a fierce war in the late Seventies.

    In a major BBC Swahili editorial initiative, Jaffer Remo Amin, the son of Uganda's former President Idi Amin, and Madaraka Nyerere, the son of Tanzania's "Founding Father" Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, have agreed to meet for the first time.

    Led by BBC Swahili, the programming will also feature on the World Service's news and current affairs programme, The World Today, the human-interest programme Outlook, as well as the English-language output for Africa such as Focus On Africa, Network Africa and African Perspective. The multimedia content will also be available via the international-facing news website

    On 10 April, it will be 30 years to the day since, following a month-long, decisive battle, Tanzania's then President Mwalimu Julius Nyerere ousted Uganda's Idi Amin Dada from power.

    The troubled relationship between the two leaders had degenerated into warfare as early as October 1978 when Idi Amin attacked Tanzania and annexed the north-western province of Kagera.

    The Ugandan leader was forced to flee into exile, first to Libya and later to Saudi Arabia where he died in August 2003.

    From Monday 6 April, in the build-up to the 30th anniversary, BBC Swahili's flagship daily news and current-affairs programmes, Amka na BBC (06.00 local time) and Dira ya Dunia (18.30) will reconstruct the events of three decades ago, talking to war veterans and victims who will relive their experiences of the 1979 war between Uganda and Tanzania.

    The BBC will engage leading political analysts in a conversation looking at the effect those events had on East Africa and the rest of the continent. The leitmotif of the special programming is the meeting of the sons of the two leaders, who dominated regional politics.

    From Monday 6 April, the BBC will follow Jaffer Remo Amin as he travels from his rural home Arua in north-western Uganda to Butiama in north-western Tanzania to pay homage to the late president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.

    Every step of the journey of Jaffer, 42, will be put on record by BBC Swahili's Idd Seif who will be accompanying him en route to the meeting. Over in Butiama, the BBC's Vicky Ntetema and Charles Hilary will be keeping track of the preparations by Madaraka Nyerere, 48, ahead of the meeting with Jaffer Remo Amin.

    All along Amin's route to Butiama, the BBC will report on the public's reaction to the meeting of the descendants of the two men who led the opposing sides.

    Project Coordinator, Caroline Karobia, has been talking to those who lived through the Seventies events.

    She says: "Neither before nor after had East Africa seen a clash of that scale between two armies and, 30 years on, the memories are still vivid for most people who experienced the war. BBC Swahili will document these memories while also inviting our audiences to look ahead."

    Head of BBC Swahili, Solomon Mugera, adds: "Idi Amin and Julius Nyerere were avowed enemies. Their differences dominated regional politics throughout the Seventies. Their leadership had profound impact on their citizens, with enduring legacies. Exploring the impact that war has had on Tanzania, Uganda and the entire East African region, BBC Swahili has spearheaded the meeting between the sons of the two adversaries. We are looking forward to covering every moment of their historic journey."
    Notes to Editors

    BBC Swahili is a multimedia broadcaster providing radio and online content to Swahili-speaking audiences. BBC Swahili is available on BBC FM stations and/or partner radio networks in Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Programmes are also available via the website which offers access to up-to-the minute news, features and analysis on East Africa and the rest of the world.

    BBC World Service
  2. Ochu

    Ochu JF-Expert Member

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    We need umpire in this meeting
  3. Nduka

    Nduka JF-Expert Member

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    This is how the western media portrays Africa, the home of war, hunger and all kind of evil stuffs. I failed to understand why Madaraka gets into this crap.The message of this bull**t is look here the sons of the two fools discuss about their oldman's foolishness.
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    Kibunango JF-Expert Member

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    Safi sana kuona mtoto wa original gangster akikutana na mtoto wa kijamaa!
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    Mwikimbi JF-Expert Member

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    but i was in kampala sometimes back, waganda wanamsifia sana idd amin kuliko hata museveni, wanadai raia wa kawaida waliishi comfortably, taabu ilikuwa kwa wale wawania madaraka