PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has warned the UPDF to be vigilant to avoid unnecessary loss of life and property.
Museveni was speaking a at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero during the funeral service of Capt. Sam Mugarura killed by LRA rebels at Aruu junction in southern Sudan on October 17, reports
Museveni was speaking a at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero during the funeral service of Capt. Sam Mugarura killed by LRA rebels at Aruu junction in southern Sudan on October 17, reports Alfred Wasike.
Mugarura was the UPDFâ€™s 91st Battalion operations training officer in southern Sudan. He was born in 1968, went to school at Mbabane Primary and Mbarara High schools, joined the army in 1985 and became Museveniâ€™s aide from 1986 to 2003.
â€œTo you commanders and men of the UPDF, I would like to reiterate the messages I have always passed to you: Be vigilant, be observant to stop unnecessary loss of life and property,â€ Museveni said in a message delivered by the deputy UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta. Koreta laid Museveniâ€™s wreath on Mugaruraâ€™s white casket draped in Uganda and UPDF flags.
â€œMaximum security does not start and end with the level of equipment and men but very much depends on the very high levels of vigilance that you observe. Maintain vigilance all the time. I would like to wish our departed brother a very peaceful rest,â€ Museveni, who contributed sh2m for the funeral expenses, said.
First Lady Janet Museveni sent a wreath. Transport minister John Nasasira, former army commander Maj. Gen. James Kazini and Maj. Gen. Oketta were present.
Museveni said, â€œMugarura died in the line of duty for his nation. He was in a normal authorised military operation. He was on normal routine duty. For some reason he moved without the required force, a smaller than normal force, it was ambushed and he was killed.â€
The UPDF Land Forces Chief of Staff, Brigadier Geoffrey Muhesi represented army chief Gen. Aronda Nyakairima.
Muhesi said, â€œI worked with him when I was commanding officer of the Presidential Guard Brigade. He died a noble death. He died on duty. He died a very good man. He is survived by two children.â€
The defence ministry permanent secretary, Brig. Noble Mayombo said, â€œI knew him in 1985 when I was his immediate superior in the security detail of the President. He was a young man of immense energy, very focused, reliable soldier, exhibited true qualities of the National Resistance Army, loyal to the President, loved his army, people and country. When he was murdered, he was in an area where hostilities had ceased. The LRA killed him in cold blood.â€
On the future of the talks in Juba, he said, â€œIt takes two hands to clap. Although we have not changed our policy to talks, the ball is in the hands of the LRA. We shall do everything to establish peace in the region. Fare thee well Mugarura, my dear fried.â€ Mugarura will be buried today at his ancestral home in Kanoni, Kazo, Kirihura district.
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