The family of former Minister of Tourism and first president of the National Association for the Advancement of Muslims (NAAM), Akbar Adoko Nyekon who died last week has written to police asking for investigations into his death.
Some of the family members to Nyekon last week said he had passed on at Nsambya hospital after being ill for some time.
However, in a letter dated May 8, the family through its lawyers from Makmot Kibwanga and company advocates has written to the Director Criminal Investigations Department to report a potential homicide in the death of the late Nekyon.
“The late Haji Akbar Adoko Nekyon died under mysterious circumstances from a hotel room in the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala and was falsely stated that he had died from Nsambya hospital,” says the letter in part.
“All the time of his life was guarded by at least two police officers and that one officer called Ogwang Jimmy is under arrest and detained in a secret place.”
The family through their lawyer say they are suspecting some family members, some of them prominent politicians who had financial and property issues with the deceased and have since his death tried to access his house.
Nekyon’s family also alleges that since his death, those who lived with him including a ten year old boy have been “harassed”, “trailed” and “threatened”.
“’In the premise, we seek to interest you to open an investigation into the late Nekyon’s death,” says the letter to CID.
When contacted by the Nile Post for a comment about the letter, CID spokesperson Vincent Ssekate said he could get back to us shortly after confirming with his bosses.
“I have not seen the letter but i will crosscheck, “Ssekate told the Nile Post later.
Born in 1931 at Akokoro, Lango District to Jekeri Akaki and Abisagiri Koli, Nyekon is said to have served the nation as a Member of Parliament, Minister for Information and Tourism, Minister for Planning and Community Affairs, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Co-operatives, Minister for Health and General Manager of the defunct Uganda Airlines.
Akbar Adoko Nekyon, was also the seating FUFA president in 1968 when the first ever national football league in Uganda was played.
He has received several honors in relation to his contributions to various aspects in Uganda; he was honored by parliament of the Republic of Uganda during the 50th independence anniversary celebration for life time achiever for Uganda, a warded Honorary Ph.D by Makerere University for his tremendous contribution to field of academics (English literature- published five literature Books)
Nekyon, a cousin to former President Apollo Milton Obote was the first president of NAAM, a group of Muslim elite supported by the Uganda People’s Congress based at Wandegeya.
He was deputized by Sheikh Obeid Kamulegeya and together convinced Sheikh Swaibu Ssemakula, who was a senior cleric at the Uganda Muslim Community of Kibuli to cross over to the NAAM before declaring him first Mufti of Uganda.
During their reign, NAAM allegedly used government patronage to seize mosques belonging to Kibuli. This resulted into bloody clashes between the Uganda Muslim Community headed by Prince Badru Kakungulu faction and NAAM.
However, since NAAM had government support, it won all battles that at one time Obote claimed that they had affirmed loyalty to state and thus had almost become a government unit.
With the overthrow of Obote in 1971, Idi Amin organised meetings to resolve the differences and as a result of this, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) was created to replace the two factions.
Amin was advised that since the 1900 Agreement had not given land to the Muslim community, he had to allocate land to this community to build its headquarters and Amin gave Old Kampala Hill to the Muslims to build their headquarters.
Unfortunately, after the fall of Idi Amin in 1979, the supreme council also collapsed. Throughout the period 1981-1986, the Muslim leadership, again, due to political interference from the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), fought battles against one another including some that were physical.
There were conflicts between Sheikh Mulumba and Sheikh Kamulegeya, Shiekh Kakooza and Sheikh Luwemba.
In 1993, President Museveni appointed a reconciliation committee consisting of Prof. George Kanyeihamba, Mrs. Gertrude Njuba, Mrs. Anuna Omar and the solicitor general who finally worked towards the reconciliation of the Islamic community