NABILATUK — The Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has said that as much as Uganda is mourning, it is also celebrating the life of Maj Gen John Lorot because of his wonderful and unique values which he utilized in serving his country.
This was at the burial of Maj Gen John Lorot where he was the chief mourner at Nabilatuk town council Nabilatuk District.
“UPDF and the entire country is saddened by the demise of Maj Gen John Lorot because he served diligently with total commitment to duty and sacrifice that wasn’t in vain. Uganda was pacified, that’s why he rose through the ranks, we therefore salute him and celebrate his life,” Gen Muhoozi said.
The CDF further said that UPDF has lost an officer who is fearless, selfless, extremely modest, humble and with a golden heart and not focused on material benefits. He fought just wars and fought them well, his contribution was therefore a monument.
Gen. Muhoozi said Gen Lorot was due for retirement this year and that his survival benefits will be channeled to his family.
He pledged UPDF support to the children and facelift his building in Moroto town to which he tasked Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to follow up.
He relayed UGX. 5m contribution from UPDF and UGX.10m from President Museveni to cater for incidentals during the funerals.
The State Minister for Ethics and integrity Hon Fr Simon Lokodo said that he is dishearted by the demise of Gen Lorot.
“We are here because we have lost a great son who has been a peace maker by tirelessly working for UPDF to champion peace in Uganda and worldwide”. Hon Lokodo said.
Relatives who were represented by the deceased’s first daughter Ms Gabriella thanked the UPDF for taking care of their father during sickness and appreciated everyone for coming to pay last respect to their father.
“This is the most trying moment but we have to accept it since it’s God’s will”. Ms Gabriella said.
Maj Gen John Lorot was born on 04 Feb 1958 and Joined the army in 1981 after completing his Cadet course in Munduli Tanzania and was integrated into NRA/UPDF in 1986. He is survived by a widow and 17 children.
Other mourners present included Ministers Hon Moses Kizige and Hon Peter Lokeris, the Commandant Senior Comand and Staff College Kimaka Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, Lt Gen Nakibus Lakara, General officer Comanding Reserve Forces Lt Gen Charles Otema Awany, the Deputy Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Sam Kavuma, Woman Mp for Kaabong District Hon Christine Akwa, Woman Mp Karenga District Hon Akello Roseline, Hon Okello Samson, RDC Nabilatuk Mrs Achileng Modest, LCV Chairperson Nabilatuk, religious and local leaders among others.