Tumukunde Attacks Gov't Over War Medals

website geneva; font-size: small;”>Tumukunde made the eyebrow-raising remarks in July 14 during the burial ceremony of late John Wilson Nsheka aged 96 at Kebisoni Sub County in Rukungiri district.

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stuff geneva; color: #222222;”>The deceased is believed to have contributed immensely to the National Resistance Army (NRA) war combatants by mobilizing youths to join the bush war struggle and also provided food and clothes to the combatants.

Brig. Tumukunde, without naming individuals, said that the criteria has been hijacked by few people in the government and medals are being awarded to people who contributed less to the nation.

Tumukunde, who was recently sentenced by the military court to severe reprimand after a protracted legal battle with the UPDF on charges which included spreading harmful propaganda, said “people like late Nsheka are dying without being recognized.”

“He added: “This is setting a bad precedent yet what he did is still vivid in the eyes of the people.”

He also blasted the government of not rewarding him with a medal.

“I did not only go to the bush, but also served in other deserving capacities in the government where I should have been recognized and rewarded,” he added, as people looked on in awe.

Mourners were seen speaking in hushed tones as the Brigadier hurled missiles at his bosses.

Tumukunde also emphasized that people should “avoid re-writing history but should stick to truth and ensure that deserving people are honored for their contributions.”

All the speakers agreed with Brig. Tumukunde that NRA supporters be recognized.

The State Minister for Public service Prisca Ssezi Mbaguta said the matter will be followed.

Brig Jim Owoyesigire said “the government knows the identities of all people who contributed to the struggle. They will be considered.”

The Late Nsheka, on top of mobilizing food for the NRA combatants, had his five sons join the bush war that saw President Yoweri Museveni seize power in 1986.

Those who died during and after the struggle include Lt .Col Steve Batamanya, Maj. Boaz Maruru, Lt. Kakurizi, Pte. George Muhanguzi while another foster son, Col. Samson Mande is a fugitive in Denmark.

Col. Mande who spoke on phone regretted having missed the burial of his foster father who helped him as a child to grow into a UPDF Colonel.

President Museveni sent shs 20million as a burial contribution while UPDF handed the family Shs5m.

Former FDC boss Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye also sent a condolence message in which he attacked the government of failure to recognize Late Nsheka whose sons died in the struggle.

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