President Museveni and Dr Kizza Besigye’s Bush War confidant Malita Namayanja aka Mama Chama, is dead.
According to Dr Besigye, Mama Chama died on Wednesday night aged 72.
“Mama Chama (NRM) Malita Namayanja, who stayed with me most of the bush war time and was known as my mum passed on. We separated in 2000 and she remained a supporter of Mr Museveni. I received info from her nephew, Hon Theodore Ssekikubo. Condolences to the family and relatives,” Besigye posted on social media on Thursday.
Mama Chama, who hailed from Semuto in Luweero District, is a relative of Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Sekikubo. She is expected to be buried on Thursday.
The deceased supported President Museveni during the 1981-86 Bush War that brought the current government into power. Various corroborating accounts by insiders in the National Resistance Movement (NRM) indicate Mama Chama maintains strong links to the President.
In his earlier narration of the Bush War events, Dr Besigye said of Mama Chama: “I met an old lady I had known before the offensive and was completely overwhelmed with grief. Her name is Malita Namayanja, and she had struck me by her kindness, hard work and determined support of the war. She had one cow called Tusuubira (we are hopeful) which she looked after like a child, and it reciprocated by giving her a lot of milk. She would dilute the milk many times over, and prepare tea with it for all soldiers who stopped by.”
He added: “When I met her in Ssingo, Tusuubira had been stolen, and she was in a very depressing state. Contrary to our instructions, I decided to bring Malita and her niece to our camp, and she was to remain with me for the whole duration of the war. She now leaves in Kampala and is popularly known as Mama Chama.”