Mzee Boniface Byanyima, one of Uganda’s pioneer pre-independence politicians is dead. Byanyima, is 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.
“Yes, it is true he passed on at 10:30 this morning at Nakasero Hospital,” his daughter Edith Byanyima said.
Mzee Byanyima as he was fondly known, has been described by many as “rigidly principled” and stubborn. He was until 2005, the national chairman of the Opposition Democratic Party.
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 guarlial war against Milton Obote’s government, Mzee Byanyima reportedly looked after his mother.