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Kasirye Ggwanga entrusted me with his accolades - Balimwezo

By James Magala

Added 11th June 2020 05:52 PM

While at his home, Balimwezo said he first met Ggwanga in 2014, while attending a radio talk show to which they had both been invited to discuss the Agricultural sector in Uganda.

Kasirye Ggwanga entrusted me with his accolades - Balimwezo

Balimwezo displaying the late Maj Gen Kasirye Ggwanga's accolades. (Photo by James Magala)

While at his home, Balimwezo said he first met Ggwanga in 2014, while attending a radio talk show to which they had both been invited to discuss the Agricultural sector in Uganda.

Nakawa Municipality Mayor, Eng Ronald Balimwezo, has eulogized the fallen Major Gen Kasirye Ggwanga with an astonishing story. 

While at his home, Balimwezo said he first met Ggwanga in 2014, while attending a radio talk show to which they had both been invited to discuss the Agricultural sector in Uganda.

He said Ggwanga tried to bully him before and during the show but he (Balimwezo) stood his ground. He said he didn't accept any intimidation which amazed the general.


"After the show, the General applauded me for being firm and sticking to my views during the show. He recommended me to become a patriot," he said.

He added that from that day, he became friends with the general. Their friendship grew stronger and Ggwanga kept on inviting him to his home in Mukono.

Surprisingly, Balimwezo said, earlier this year, Ggwanga paid him a visit at Nakawa Division headquarters. "We had a long conversation. He guided me on how to grow my political career," he recalled.

"Before leaving, he sent for a box in his car. In the box, there were two awards, one he received from the President as he retired from the army in 2018 and the other from his former school Kibuli Secondary School, which he received in 2013 and a book titled "THE BELL 1990" which explained army training in the United States. He gave them to me and cautioned me to display them after he died," Balimwezo revealed.


He said he was surprised. He couldn't believe a man of Ggwanga's calibre could trust him with his accolades yet they had met only three times. 

"He had long time friends in the army and his family but he trusted me," Balimwezo said emotionally. 

He promised to pick inspirations from Ggwanga's life because he lived a nationalistic life and preached the environmental preservation gospel.

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