Prime Minister Obote’s best man Dr Jerome Aliker was a very famous surgeon

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    Nyongesa Sande
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    Prime Minister Obote’s best man Dr Jerome Aliker was a very famous dental surgeon in Nairobi and operated a very successful dental practice until 1998.
    He had direct contact with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at one point serving as his dentist.
    According to him Kenyatta was very sympathetic to Ugandans who had fled to Kenya because of Amin.
    What made him thrive in Kenya apart from his good work as a dentist, was that many Kenyans he had studied with at Makerere such as the Head of Civil Service Mr Geoffrey Kariithi were holding senior positions in the Kenyatta government.
    “In fact, almost all the Permanent Secretaries were ex-Makerere, and they were very, very sympathetic to us,” he said.
    However things changed when Moi took over.
    “When Kenyatta died and President Moi took power, he replaced most of Kenyatta’s appointees with his own appointees. Now, these are people who did not go to Makerere, and they had no sympathy for Ugandans. In fact, some of them thought we were savages because they had never been to Uganda.”

    BY Odhiambo Levin Opiyo 

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