Lt Gen Pecos Kutesa, a freedom fighter who struggled for Uganda’s liberation under the National Resistance Army (NRA) led by President Yoweri Museveni is dead. He passed on Tuesday 17 August.
Earlier reports had indicated that the General had been rushed to India for specialized treatment.
Kutesa, according to the Defence Spokesperson, Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso has been sick for sometime.
Brig Gen Byekwaso confirmed the death of the freedom struggle hero adding that the forces will issue a communication with more details.
Kutesa, 65, was among 604 UPDF soldiers and 14 Generals who recently retired from the army.
The former NRA guerilla combatant became a member of the Uganda Constituent Assembly in 1995.
He until recently represented UPDF in Parliament and served as the Chief of military doctrine of the forces.
“A soldier par excellence, a bookman and a, generally, straightforward officer retires. My thoughts and prayers go to Dorah, family and friends. Condolences,” Col Dr. Kizza Besigye tweeted upon learning of the death.
“One of the historical heroes, Pecos Kutesa has fallen after a job well done for his country Fare thee well Comrade Kutesa,” Security minister Jim Muhwezi tweeted.
“I am saddened by the news of the passing of a freedom fighter, a hero to many, and my long-time comrade Lt Gen Pecos Kutesa. May God strengthen his family in this trying moment and rest his soul in eternal peace. Fare thee well, Comrade,” former security minister Gen Elly Tumwine tweeted Tuesday.
“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of General Pecos Kutesa (RO/0026). Uganda has lost a true patriot. A man who gave his all for this country. A sad day for the nation, family and the UPDF fraternity. Rest in Peace Comrade General,” tweeted former Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde.
Details to follow..