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Museveni, Besigye hail fallen Gen Karuhanga


President Yoweri Museveni has described the former Army Court Martial chairman Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga as a dedicated officer.

Museveni said he learnt about Karuhanga’s death during a UPDF High Command this week at State House Entebbe.

“Karuhanga was a dedicated officer who served his country with distinction. I commiserate with his family in this difficult moment. May his soul rest in peace,” the president said.

The late collapsed after a meal with his family at his home in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb, on Thursday.

He had just returned from India where he had spent two weeks receiving treatment for diabetes and stomach ulcers.

He later died at Nakasero Hospital.

Opposition leader also a retired Col Dr Kizza Besigye described the late as “strong hearted” soldier, easy to live with and very principled.

Besigye further praised Karuhanga for being the first commander of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), serving in that capacity until 2008.

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira said in a statement that Karuhanga shaped the way the ensuing commanders have been able to fulfil their duties.

“He inspired AMISOM’s decisive move towards defeating Al-Shabaab and liberating the city of Mogadishu. Subsequent commanders have since been taking Gen. Levi Karuhanga’s method of work as a reference point in their operations.”

The deputy commander of the Reserve Force, Brig Stephen Rwabantu described the deceased general as a global figure who has worked hard to reduce case backlog at the Makindye-based military court.

“We have missed a loyal servant of the country for 37 years since 1979. He has been a disciplined, humble and friendly army officer whom we needed more,” Brig Rwabantu told mourners.

A requiem service for the late was held at St Luke’s Church Ntinda on Saturday.

He will be buried today Sunday at his family home in Kigoma village in Bushenyi District.

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