Ex-Vice President Adrisi’s family begs to meet Museveni
By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
ARUA. The family of Late Gen. Mustafa Adrisi Abataki, the former Vice President of Uganda is begging to meet President Yoweri Museveni.
The family members want to use the opportunity to remind the President about his good days with the fallen General and the need to support the family.
Mohamud Abdallah, Late Gen. Adrisi’s younger brother, said the two Presidents were friends and that before his death, Adrisi told them to emulate his good stay with President Museveni by supporting him.
“He told us that the day he will not be there, we should support President Museveni and maintain him in power until he feels like it is enough, and that is why up to date, all our family members support Museveni,” Abadallah, also the chairperson of West Nile Effort for Museveni said in an exclusive interview in his office on Friday.
“As a family, we now feel like meeting the President and also remind him about some of the pledges he made to Gen. Adrisi before his death and to the family at the time of his demise, 10 years ago,” Abdallah said.
He said the meeting will energize the family to strengthen their support for the ruling NRM party headed by President Museveni.
Muktar Ayo Mustafa, one of the Late General’s sons said during his father’s demise, the President promised to meet the family and also restock the Late’s farm.
“It is now 10 years whereby nothing is fruitful to the family. We would like to appeal to our dad Gen. Museveni, who was our dad’s friend, to meet him. No matter what happens, as Adrisi’s family, we shall always be there for President Museveni,” Muktar said.
He added that: “Mine is just a cry and a request for President Museveni to meet us and also rescue our family from the situations we are in.”
Born in 1922, Mustafa Adrisi Abataki was a Ugandan military officer who served as the third Vice President of Uganda from 1977 to 1979 and was one of President Idi Amin’s closest associates.
In 1978, after Adrisi was injured in a suspicious auto accident, troops loyal to him mutinied. Amin sent troops against the mutineers, some of whom had fled across the Tanzanian border, possibly contributing to the Uganda-Tanzania war.
As the Ugandan war effort collapsed, Adrisi fled to Sudan where he claimed to retain the post of Vice President. Adrisi returned from exile in 1987 and struggled with health problems in his later life and died in 2013.