The UPDF fraternity and the Kutesa family,
Condolences from Ugandans and myself on the death of Lt. Gen. Pecos Kutesa. I remember four things about Pecos:
- When I went to Monduli Military Academy to address the Ugandan Officer Cadets, there were two very brown young people in the group of 300 that stood out on account of their complexion. These were: Pecos Kutesa and Hannington Mugabi. Mugabi died in the bush, at KitemaMasanga, shot by a colleague, accidentally.
- When we attacked Kakiri UNLA detachment on the 6th of April, 1981, as the assault from the East of Kampala – Hoima Road was going on, standing near one of the shops, I saw Pecos crawling in the typical military way, to capture the Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) the UNLA had fled and left alone. That was the reason I selected him to, along with ‘Suicide’, accompany me when I, on the 6th of June, 1981, crossed Lake Victoria in a 25-horse power engine boat to Kenya, on my way to meet Muammar Gaddaffi who gave us the few guns and ammo we got from outside.
- He also took part in the battles of Masindi (20th of February, 1984) and Kabamba (1st of January,1985) as well as other battles of encounter, like the one of Mataba swamp, near Kyajinja.
- He liked reading-novels. He, therefore, made his contribution. Dying at 65, was too early for such a useful person.
May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.
Yoweri K. Museveni(Rtd Gen.)
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