Muhoozi glorifies ex-Marines chief, Lt Col Ssekyalo


Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba (centre), at the 10 Marines Battalion, Entebbe. On his left is Col. Muzeyi Sabiiti, the Deputy Commander of the Special Forces and other officers


The UPDF Special Forces Commander Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba yesterday presided over the commissioning of a brand new accommodation block at the headquarters of 10 Marines Battalion in Entebbe that will accommodate at least 10 soldiers’ families.

“I’m very happy that 10 Marines Battalion has named this building after Paddy Ssekyalo. The UPDF was built by people like that and so this is a fitting tribute to him,” said Brig. Muhoozi.

The building was named in commemoration of the late NRA fighter, Lt. Col. Paddy Ssekyalo.

Ssekyalo was the first commander of the marines unit in 1986, and was instrumental during the struggle in aiding the then NRA guerrilla chief, Yoweri Museveni, on his clandestine crossings of Lake Victoria from 1981 to 1985.


Group photo: Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba (centre) poses with other officers of the Special Forces in front of Ssekyalo Hall, 10 Marine Battalion Headquarters, Entebbe


This is not the first time the Special Forces is memorializing heroes of the NRA liberation struggle.

In July last year, another block was built and named Kankiriho Hall, it currently provides accommodation to 20 soldiers’ families.

Brig. Patrick Kankiruho was the commander of the UPDF 2nd Division at the time of his death in March 2013.

Brig. Muhoozi also thanked the Special Forces Construction Unit for the good work they are doing.

“You have consistently done a great job in the many projects you have undertaken. Keep up the good work,” urged Brig. Muhoozi.


Ssekyalo Hall, named after late Lt. Col. Paddy SSekyalo, one of the earliest NRA/M fighters during the bush war from 1981 to 1986


He said the UPDF is steadily working to improve the welfare of troops in the area of accommodation.

Yesterday’s function was also attended by the Deputy Special Forces Commander, Col. Muzeyi Sabiiti, Directors and Commanding Officers of the Special Forces Command.


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