President Museveni with Idriss Deby

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has mourned the slain President of Chad Idriss Deby that the deceased soldier was a true son of Africa.

Chad’s newly re-elected President Idriss Deby died of injuries suffered on the frontline while fighting rebels in the north of the Sahel country. President Deby died moments after winning a 6th term on Monday.

In a condolence message published on Social media President Museveni said; “The tragedy in Chad is so saddening. President Deby never shied away from any confrontation with terrorism; he was a true son of Africa.”

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“I send my heartfelt condolences to the people of Chad, the family of Late President Idris Deby, and the countless well-wishers from Africa and beyond.”

“Deby, 68, has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,” over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

The news came a day after Deby, who came to power in a rebellion in 1990, won a sixth term, as per provisional election results released on Monday. Deby took 79.3 percent of the vote in the April 11 presidential election, the results showed.

Deby postponed his victory speech to supporters and instead went to visit Chadian soldiers on the frontlines, according to his campaign manager.