Museveni Mourns Gen Arube As UPDF Celebrates Tarehe Sita

price geneva;”>According to fellow children, Kato was playing near the fish pond with his friends and he slipped and fell into the pond. The children immediately run and called the father of the deceased only known as Balyano but unfortunately he couldn’t do anything to save the little boy or even recover the body.

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They later informed the Police which came and recovered the body from the pond.

Kampala Central Police spokesperson, Lamech Kigozi has cautioned all parents not to neglect their children because it is an offence before the law.

He said that investigations into this matter are still going on and if the parents of Kato are found to have neglected this child or could have in any way avoided this death, they will be prosecuted.

Deaths of this nature have continued to show up, and even last year a teacher at his school’s end of year party drowned at forest beach waters in Entebbe, as he went to get the ball they were playing with which had fallen into water.

Police therefore continues to warn all those who have fish ponds at their homes not to have deep waters because the soil in it can be too sticky and one can easily get stuck there.

cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“I salute Brig. Arube for shooting himself. That is how real soldiers die. If you are in a bad situation, piga, you die,” Museveni told relatives of the deceased during a reburial ceremony held in Koboko on Tuesday.

Arube committed suicide because he believed to have failed in his efforts to topple Amin and considering that all his colleagues had fled out of the country, leaving him helplessly behind.

The fallen soldier’s body was exhumed from Jinja and reburied in his ancestral home in Koboko with all military honors.

He could not be laid to rest in Koboko since this was Amin’s birthplace.

The ceremony was part of several activities carried out by UPDF ahead of the Tarehe Sita celebrations at Arua Hill Primary School, West Nile region on Wednesday.

Museveni hailed Arube’s patriotism. “There was a man called Hitler (Germany dictator). He was a coward. When he was cornered he shot himself but he was also found with poison in his mouth. A soldier must be able to shoot himself, kwisha. Poison is for the cowards,” said Museveni.

“We have come here to remember the late Brig. Charles Arube. The day following the news I was in Dar-es-salaam fighting Idi Amin. Someone called Justice Apu came from Koboko. The following day I went to see him, but he did not know much. He, however, gave me information on the Uganda Army (UA). Today we are here and we have heard what happened,” he added.

The President used the platform to attack the UPC government under Milton Obote, saying its mistakes plunged the nation into untold suffering.

“In 1979, when we got rid of Idi Amin, we disagreed with our friends, UPC. They had a narrow, confused outlook. They could not differentiate a mistake-maker from his family, community or tribe.”

“The second mistake UPC committed was that among the mistake-makers, we in the NRM make a distinction between a misleader and the misled. We are very harsh on the misleaders and lenient with the misled,” he observed.

“So what Brig. Charles Arube did was very brave and patriotic. There are others, like one Valentino Ocima. He was the first to fall out with Amin after the coup, as early as 1971. Then the others like Ondoga. Brig. Moses Ali fell out with Idi Amin. Moustafa Idris is limping. It was not our bullet,”Museveni elaborated.

“Therefore, I’d like to call upon the people of Uganda to forget these mistakes. Those individuals did not make those mistakes with anybody. Not their families, not the community or their tribes.”

He assured Koboko residents of security from persecution on grounds of being tribesmates to Amin.

“Similarly, we could not blame the people of Acholi when Kony launched his mayhem. In fact, the Acholi people formed an Arrow group to resist him. Fine, there were some confused groups in church and some people. But people as a whole did not support Kony. That’s why he cut off their lips, ears and maimed them. In any case, we should take the blame for being slow in protecting them, for reasons and delays I have always explained,” said Museveni.

“Who crippled Mustafa Iddris seated over there? It was not NRA. It was Idi Amin and his groups. The people of West Nile have never supported Idi Amin. Where was the resolution or the general meeting that you conducted as a community to support Idd Amin? Or to kill people? For us we are clear on that. How do you blame the people?” wondered the President.


The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima last week said the Tarehe Sita celebrations are to commemorate the struggle through which the NRA endured to liberate Uganda from the hands of dictators.

Aronda said since the day of liberation on February 6 1986, the nation has so far faced 25 rebel groups which have tried to capture power ad destabilize the country.

The army chief said for the first time the nation celebrated its Independence Celebrations having all regions and areas at peace including Northern Uganda which was destabilized by Kony which gives it a good reason to hold the celebrations this year.

Kony is currently hiding in the Central African Republic.

“We are holding this year’s celebrations in West Nile region as a way of expressing our solidarity to the people of the region for their contribution towards the liberation struggle from dictatorship especially during 1970’s and 1980’s,” he said.

He added that the people of West Nile rejected the West Nile Bank Front, a rebel group that was pursuing power but instead gave support to the UPDF.

The celebrations are aimed at consolidating sustainability of peace in order to further development in all the parts of the country.

The celebrations involved various activities which include preservation of history by renovating homes of influential figures in the region and putting up different monuments.

Soldiers were involved in cleaning of markets, hospitals and health centers, schools, wells and community outreach programmes in which people received free medication, health services and mosquito nets.


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