Moody Awori's Brother Who Was Powerful in Museveni's Govt

  • Former Vice President Arthur Moody Awori was born in Butere on December 5, 1928, in a family of 16 children, one of them Aggrey Siryoyi Awori. 

    According to a report by Daily Nation, born in 1939 in Budimo Village, Busia District, near the Ugandan/Kenyan border as the tenth child in the Awori family, Aggrey rose to become a powerful man in Uganda.

    He attended Nabumali High School in Mbale District and Kings College Budo, in Wakiso District, both in Uganda.

    Aggrey Awori when he campaigned for president in Uganda in 2001.

    While at Kings College Budo (1959 to 1961), Aggrey was selected among a few others for an elite military officers training at Sandhurst Military College, UK, an offer that his father Canon Awori turned down.

    From 1961 to 1965, he studied at Harvard University on a scholarship, where he studied nuclear physics in his First Year but then switched to politics and economics.

    After his return to Uganda, he was in 1967 appointed as the director of the county's national broadcaster, Uganda Television (UTV) a post he held until 1971 when Idi Amin Dada forcefully took over.

    He would find himself incarcerated for two months by the new administration because, during Amin's first coup attempt, he failed to cooperate by lying about broadcasting a speech by the feared general. 

    He fled into political exile here in Kenya where he taught at the University of Nairobi until 1976 and then travelled around Africa, visiting Tanzania, Liberia and Senegal before returning to Nairobi in 1979.

    Aggrey returned to Uganda in 1979 after Idi Amin was overthrown and unsuccessfully vied for a seat in the Country's National Assembly.

    He would then be appointed as an ambassador to the US, a role he played until his transfer to Belgium in 1985 by Tito Okello Lutwa, where he stayed until 1987 when he was dropped by Yoweri Museveni.

    After a brief asylum in Nairobi, the accomplished politician started to build up a rebel group operating from Eastern Uganda, against Museveni's National Resistance Army, which he claimed had confiscated his property.

    Fast forward to 2001, Aggrey vied against Museveni and emerged a distant third garnering 103, 915 votes behind the eventual winner Yoweri Museveni (5,123,360) and his rival Kiiza Besigye (2,055,795).

    On a positive note, he secured the Samia-Bugwe North parliamentary seat, which he held until 2006.

    After Joining the National Resistance Movement in 2007, Museveni would later in 2009, appoint him as the Minister for Information & Communications Technology. He was dropped in 2011 and replaced by Ruhakana Rugunda.

    Aggrey Awori with his grandsons