State House explains Gen Bamuze death


Bamuze/ New Vision photo

State House has clarified on the report involving the unclear death of a UPDF soldier, Maj Gen Ali Bamuze.

Presidential press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, has cancelled earlier reports indicating that the General fell on the steps of State House Entebbe.

“Please note: Gen Bamuze did not die from State House,” Lindah said this morning.

She said the soldier was attending an Operation Wealth Creation meeting in Bwebajja.

The meeting was convened by CDF Gen Katumba Wamala and addressed by President Yoweri Museveni.

Bamuze reportedly fell in the bathroom of Bwebajja Airport hotel last evening.

He was rushed to Nakasero hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

His death was confirmed by army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda.

Bamuze’s body has been taken to Mulago Hospital mortuary for a postmortem.

SoftPower Communications’ Sarah Kagingo who heads Operation Wealth Creation Communications and public affairs is unusually quiet.

Kagingo who pro-actively communicates government positions is unusually quiet the whole day with no post on both her Twitter handle and Facebook page.

Major General Ali Bamuze was the leader of Uganda National Rescue Front II was a group that broke from the West Nile Bank Front in 1996, and included members of the original UNRF that did not make peace with Museveni.

It operated mostly in Aringa County, Arua District, out of bases in southern Sudan, and received support from the Sudanese government (the National Islamic Front), in retaliation for Ugandan government support for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

On December 24, 2002, the UNRF II signed a formal ceasefire with the government in the town of Yumbe in northwestern Uganda.

Terms included a battalion of UNRF II soldiers being incorporated in the Ugandan army, and 4.2 billion Shs being distributed to the group.

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