Presidential adviser on military matters Gen Salim Saleh has been awarded “The Kabalega Star” medal during Heroes Day celebrations in Buikwe district.
The president’s brother was awarded the second highest military medal on Thursday.
Apart from Saleh, Capt Rwaheru, James Karuhanga and Edidian Luttamaguzi were also awarded The Kabalega Star today.
RO/00016 Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho a.k.a Salim Saleh (Retired)
Gen Saleh is the young brother of President Museveni and hailed as one of the most fearless commanders of the bush war.
He retired from the military and briefly served as an army MP, a minister and Presidential advisor on military affairs.
He is now heading an initiative to fight poverty among war veterans and former soldiers.
RO/0004 Capt. Valeriano Rwaheru (deceased) a high school colleague of Museveni.
Rwaheru died in the early years of the struggle after a clandestine meeting at Kyambogo in the house of the late Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga.
Rwaheru and James Karuhanga had remained in the house after the meeting when Amin soldiers stormed it.
While Karuhanga remained talking to them, Rwaheru is said to have hidden in a bedroom from where he was able to lob two grenades, killing 11 soldiers, but was killed by the third which exploded before he could throw it.
Karuhanga was arrested and taken alive and executed later in Mbarara.
RO/0008 Lt. James Karuhanga (deceased), a former worker at Kyambogo was arrested and later publicly executed in March 1973.
An account in Sowing the Mustard Seed says it was at Karuhanga’s house that Museveni held a meeting with Kategaya and Valeriano Rwaheru shortly after returning from Mbale where his other two colleagues (Martin Mwesiga and Wukwu Kazimoto) had been killed.
One of their recruits, a man named Kangire who had been betrayed by a one Latigo leading to his arrest in Gulu, directed government soldiers to Karuhanga’s house.
Edidian Luttamaguzi [deceased] is symbolically poignant in the history of NRM and Museveni.
In 1981, the then guerrilla leader Museveni was in the home of a one Edidian Luttamaguzi when the Obote government soldiers closed in.
He hid in a tree and sat still. But when the soldiers arrived, Luttamaguzi claimed he did not know where Museveni was.
Luttamaguzi was killed. Museveni lived to become the president that some in Luweero claim has repaid such debts with lip-service.