KAMPALA – Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has paid tribute to four senior army officers who died last week in a space of four days.
The soldiers are Maj Gen Eric Mukasa, Brig Victor Twesigye, Brig Jackson Bell Tushabe and Col Sam Nkeera.
“On behalf of Parliament and on my own behalf, I wish convey our heartfelt condolences and pray that they secure eternal rest and peace and the bereaved secure comfort from the Almighty God satisfied that their loved ones truly served the nation,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker hailed Maj. Gen. Mukasa, who joined the bush war in 1981 and held several command positions, fought the insurgency in Northern and Eastern Uganda.
“As Inspector of Military Equipment, it is reported he helped to fight importation of poor quality military equipment in the army and also served as the Chief of Staff – Reserve Forces,” she said.
For Brig. Twesigye, Ms Kadaga said he joined the NRA in 1986 and fought several battles against insurgency.
“He served in various positions including military attaché in India and at the time of his death he was Uganda’s Defence Liaison Officer at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania,” she said.
Ms Kadaga also hailed Brig Tushabe who served as the UPDF 4th Division Commander in Gulu, 3rd Division Commander in Mbale and 2nd Division Commander in Mbarara.
“He was an ardent football promoter and lover. He owned a club in the top tier, Victors Football Club, which won the Uganda Cup in 2007/8 and 2009/10 seasons and on both occasions represented Uganda in the Confederation of African Football Cup (CAF). He was the Chairperson to the Super division Clubs Association. He served as FUFA Vice President in charge of competitions,” she said.
The Speaker said Col Nkeera joined the bush war in the 80s and served in the UPDF in various capacities including serving under the office of the Prime Minister in the Office of Disaster Preparedness. At the time of his death he was attached to Operation Wealth Creation Secretariat.
She also paid tribute to two Police Detectives Emmanuel Mawa and Sgt. Dick Magara who died in line of duty in a road accident.