March 2, 2024

Lt Gen. Pecos Kutesa’s Body returned home, to be laid to rest on Sunday

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UPDF Generals wheel the casket containing the remains of Lt Gen Pecos Kutesa on the taxi way at Entebbe International Airport. Photos/ UPDF

KAMPALA

The widow of the late UPDF Gen. Lt Gen Pecos kutesa, Mrs Dorah Kutesa has revealed that the fallen army General will be laid to rest on Sunday at their ancestral home in Kabura, Lyantonde district.

On Friday afternoon, family and friends were visibly in anguish as they waited for the body of the deceased General at Entebbe International Airport who passed on Tuesday aged 65 in India where he had traveled for a liver transplant.

Kutesa’s body arrived aboard an Emirates airlines plane at 1:30 pm and was received by the waiting relatives and army officers.

While speaking to press, Mrs Dorah Kutesa described her husband who she met when he had just made 2nd Lieutenant in 1980 as a friend, comrade, father and much more.

 “We have been through this journey together, we went to the bush together, came back together, he received a river transplant in 2009, which I was the donor and this is the liver that has failed him now, It’s a terrible loss the other part of me has been lost” she said.

Relatives and friends of the late Lt. Gen Pecos Kutesa wait for his body at Entebbe International Airport on Friday. Photos/ UPDF

Ms Kutesa said the family will hold a vigil today (Friday) at their home in Buziga, a service on Saturday morning, travel to their village home in Kabura, Lyantonde district on Saturday afternoon and burry the fallen General on Sunday.

The managing director of the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) Lt Gen James Mugira who led UPDF delegation that received Kutesa’s body said the army has put in place all arrangements are in place to send off the Late Kutesa.

 “He joined when he was very young, he was among the few young boys who dedicated, sacrificed their lives to the liberation of this country. He was a very good commander, he commanded many battles successfully including the famous katonga battles” Mugira narrated. 

Uganda’s Defence attaché to Tanzania Maj Gen Stephen Kashaka described the late Kutesa as a very brave, disciplined cadre who fought a number of wars, Loyal to the struggle and institution.

The late Kutesa had recently been retired together with 13 other generals retired from the army by armed forces’ Commander In Chief, President Museveni.

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