President Yoweri Museveni yesterday mourned his personal pilot the late Captain Daniel Musinguzi whom he described as one of his brilliant pilots who formed a strong team that has immensely contributed in delivering him safely to various destinations in the world to execute his official engagements.
“I came specifically to salute this pilot; one of the pilots who has died of unexpected causes. I, therefore, appreciate their contributions. I want you the people of Uganda to be thankful to these pilots. Whatever they are doing, they are also making their contribution. I salute this pilot for the tremendous work he has done,” he said.
The President was yesterday the chief mourner at the burial of the late Captain Daniel Musinguzi at his home in Bulindi-Kyabigambire Sub-County of Bugahya County in Hoima district. 57 year-old Captain Daniel Musinguzi suddenly succumbed to spinal cord cancer last Thursday 11th June 2015 at the International Hospital Kampala after an operation performed on his vertebrae on the 9th of June 2015.
The operation was intended to ease the pressure on the vertebrae before being flown to South Africa where he was scheduled to receive further treatment.
President Museveni told the mourners some challenging moments the pilots faced in the air while flying old jets that were of short range and how they successfully overcame those challenges adding that the Executive flight team fight his flight battles in the air while he handles the ground battles.
The President, who earlier laid a wreath on the casket, prayed to God to rest the soul of the late Captain Daniel Musinguzi in eternal peace.
Prior to joining the Executive flight team under State House in 2004, Captain Daniel Musinguzi had served in various organizations of the aviation industry ranging from being an Instructor at Soroti Flying School, a pilot at Bel Air and also in the then Uganda Airlines. He is survived by a widow Hannah and five children.
The widow, Hannah Musinguzi, thanked President Museveni for the support he extended to the family from the time the late Musinguzi was admitted at International Hospital Kampala. Hannah, who hails from Bukoba in Tanzania, described her husband as a God-fearing person who loved his family and everyone and was very hard working.
“Daniel was a wonderful husband and a great dad. Though very busy, he knew how to use his free time qualitatively. As I talk, I am a Ugandan. I crossed borders to be his wife. I have never regretted,” she emotionally stated.
The Tanzanian High Commissioner to Uganda, Ambassador Mr. Kombo, conveyed his heartfelt condolences to President Museveni upon the death of Captain Musinguzi. He said Tanzania and Uganda have enjoyed good historical cordial relationship not only in government but also individually thereby strengthening the process of integration of the East African Community through marriage.
The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, in his condolence message that was read for him by Bishop Emeritus Wilson Turumanya of Rwenzori Diocese, assured the family of the late Musinguzi of their continued prayers and support. Numerous condolence messages from various institutions and organizations, were read and included among others that of Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru of Bunyoro-Kitara that was delivered by the Prime Minister of the Kingdom, Mr. Lukumu.
The funeral service was earlier led by the Bishop of Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Nathan Kyamanywa.