Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has mourned the death of Lt. Gen. Pecos Kutesa who died last week in India and Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech who breathed his last on Saturday morning.

Gen. Kutesa was laid to rest yesterday at his ancestral home in Lyantonde.

Ssemujju Nganda, the Party spokesperson said the two Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) offices represent two worlds. Lt. Gen. Pecos Kutesa is one of the few young educated Ugandans that picked up arms to fight the dictatorial regime of Dr. Milton Obote.

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“Kutesa was very instrumental in the bush war that eventually brought Museveni to power. He is remembered for leading attacks against barracks that helped the National Resistance Army (NRA) to acquire ammunition. Despite his role and senior rank in the military, he led a fairly modest life. His name didn’t feature in corruption and land grabbing like names of many of his counterparts. He was a complete opposite of Generals like Elly Tumwine who think the country owes them because they fought in Luwero,” Ssemujju said.

Gen Lokech died on Saturday morning at his home in Kitikifumba, Kira municipality. According to a postmortem report, the gallant soldier died of a blood clot that had been carried into the lungs.

He said Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech has rightly been described as battle hardened, ‘Lion of Mogadishu’ and a ruthless commander in the league of Lt. Gen. Olwelu.

“It is not surprising that a mission to hunt down those who attempted to kill Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala that he personally oversaw resulted into the murder of four suspects. There is an attempt to cover up these murders. The suspects had been arrested and dully subdued. Those that were not killed were severely tortured before they were presented to court. This is a matter that Lokech personally handled,” he said.

He urged Police officers to learn that life is precious. “Don’t’ unlawfully terminate anybody’s life. It is as precious as yours.”

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