The fallen minister, like Peter Iloot Otai, another Milton Obote State Minister for Defense who breathed his last in London, United Kingdom on January 2nd, 2020 have traces of rebel rebellion against the National Resistance Army- NRA in 1980s. When defeated, went to exile with several others, some of whom have remained in different countries up to date.
Several leaders in Teso Sub region have paid a glowing
tribute to former Minister, Dr. David Anyoti Obyara who died in Nairobi, Kenya on November 1st, 2020,
He was Minister for Information and Broadcasting under Milton Obote II government between 1980-1985.
Dr. Anyoti, a special Nominated Member of Parliament and his
father, James Anyoti, was also Minister of State for National Service (1968 -
1971) in the Obote I government.
A lawyer widely described as an African
Patriot and distinguished legal scholar was laid to rest on Sunday at his
ancestral home in Lale Sub County, Soroti District.
His sendoff renewed Uganda People’s Congress - UPC memories
in Teso from the remaining party stalwarts within and outside Teso sub region. Some
of the mourners were carried away by emotions given the fact that Dr.
Anyoti, who should have mentored many and contributed more to development in Uganda
spent his last 35 years in exile.
The fallen minister, like Peter Iloot Otai, another Milton
Obote State Minister for Defense who breathed his last in London, United
Kingdom on January 2nd, 2020 have traces of rebel rebellion against
the National Resistance Army- NRA in 1980s. When defeated, went to exile with
several others, some of whom have remained in different countries up to date.
Speaking to mourners, State Minister for Disaster
Preparedness and Refugees, Musa Ecweru said it was another painful moment for
the region to lose a statesman in exile, whom he noted served the country
“To some of you coming to Lale village for the first time,
you might think it is a sleeping village but this village was alive with giants
and a beehive of activities. A cloud hanged over Uganda in 1985 which triggered
exodus in Teso when rebels overthrew the elected government,” said Ecweru as he
recalled Uganda People’s Army- UPA rebellion.
He noted that he has a nostalgic attachment to the fallen
minister and UPA that he observed sent most of Teso best heads to exile. Ecweru
asked the leadership in Teso to unite amidst challenges to revive Teso to its
past glory, given the peace now under the NRM government.
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George Okurapa, another Etesot still in exile in Toronto,
Canada urged the Iteso in his message to mourners to remember to emulate Dr.
Anyoti whom he described as a true friend, legend and Pan Africanist.
“He was unmatched stalwart in the fight against injustice.
In his heart, he had no room for dictatorship; when you connect with him, he
didn’t hesitate to express his feelings on an ideal state whether in Uganda or
Africa. He aspired for a united Africa where we lived in peace and respect for
each other. He had a wealth of knowledge on the subject of pan Africanism that
he had rested with. He had a vision for a united and peaceful Uganda,” read
part of Okurapa's message.
Oliro Omara, another old guard who served as a Minister with Dr. Anyoti in
Obote II government urged the NRM government to offer a platform for the return
of UPC cadres still in exile.
“After a violent change in government, we found ourselves in
exile. But the most painful thing is that up to this time, we still have people
who feel they cannot come back to Uganda and cannot say that they have just
refused to come back. There could be a
reason why they cannot come back, we need a lot of soul searching to find out
why some people are not coming back,” he told Uganda Radio Network - URN in an interview in Lale.
He noted that there is no free space to enable some people
in exile to consider returning home, something he urges government to consider.
Rt. Rev. Kosea Odongo, the Bishop of Soroti Diocese challenged
leaders in government to learn from UPC leaders by providing room for
dissenting views. He said that there is no need to kill one another on the basis
of their political affiliation since governments come and go.
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Before repatriating his remains home, government renovated Dr. Anyoti’s house and also met costs of transport and burial for the
fallen ex-minister. Dr. Anyoti’s burial was attended by some UPC stalwarts in
Obote government including former deputy governor, Bank of Uganda, George Elangot,
Col. William Omaria and Alir Omara among others.