Lt Allan Tukamuhabwa, one of the two pilots who died in last week’s UPDF helicopter crash in Ntoroko has been hailed as heroes for the country for his role in the fight against ADF in eastern DRC.
Speaking during burial at Seeta village, Kinuuka sub-county in Lyantonde district, the Entebbe Air Force Wing commander Entebbe, Brig Chris Kasaija eulogized the late as an extraordinary pilot.
“He did a good job in the fight against insecurity from the Allied Defense Forces (ADF) in western Uganda and as far as DRC and will always be remembered because he died in the line of duty. He will be missed and the UPDF – Air Force will stand with the family of the late Lt Allan in these trying moments,” Brig Gen Kasaija said.
He told mourners that Lt Tukamuhabwa had done his basic flying course and had reached the peak of flying advanced combat helicopters (Cobra Squadron).
Brig Gen Kasaija added that the late was an extraordinary pilot who was serious about his routine duties and every time he went to work, he expected positive results and had a passion and commitment towards his call of duty.
Member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) James Kakooza commiserated with the family of James Rugazu, the father to the late Lt Tukamuhabwa and pledged to provide education to one of the children of the late.
Kakooza observed that the mission of UPDF is not yet over and said that Uganda is committed to the Pan-Africanism cause and ensuring security and prosperity in the East African region by wiping out insecurity.
He thanked UPDF for the proper training and for making it a force to reckon with in Africa.