By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Yesterday, there were numerous reports that Taban Amin, son to former President of Uganda His Excellency the late Al-Hajji Field Marshal Idi Amin Dada, was being investigated and interrogated by the detectives at Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) over allegations of fraud. It is alleged that Taban defrauded $8 million (over Shs29 billion) from American investors.
Now, the family of Amin has released a statement where it condemned all acts of corruption done in any position of civil service, no matter who it is, even if it is one of its family members like Taban is.
In the statement, the family starts off by distancing itself from Taban’s alleged actions, saying that their late father Idi Amin served the country with utmost honesty and that he never stole from anyone, even when he had the country’s funds at his disposal.
“Meanwhile, every single Ugandan knows one thing for sure: That His Excellency the late President Idi Amin Dada worked hard in serving the people of this country and not himself, and he never stole from anyone, not even from the state, even when he had the entire government funds at his disposal and could have simply ordered for any amount he wanted,” The statement that is signed by Hussein Lumumba Amin, the Secretary for the Amin family Committee.
Lumumba adds that instead of Amin stealing public funds, he restrained himself to living only under what he was entitled to for his position, and was relentless in fighting corruption across all government institutions, something that brought him hatred and grave political repercussions as the accused fled the country and then pretended to be politically persecuted when in reality they were all just petty thieves caught with their hands in government coffers.
Lumumba’s statement has maintained that the law should take its course towards Taban’s actions and if found guilty, should be personally responsible.
“In this respect, we call on the law to take its full legitimate course so as to first establish the truth. Then those found to have committed any crime against any innocent person be held personally responsible for their heinous act in accordance with all the respective provisions of the law, and the victim fully refunded,” he statement says.
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