President Museveni has called on the National Resistance Army (NRA) and the UPDF fraternity to support children of deceased comrades so that their sacrifice to the country is not in vain
The President was eulogizing the fallen UPDF officer- Brigadier Taban Kyabihende last night when he joined relatives and friends at the deceased’s home in Kawuku, Bunga in Kampala to mourn the fallen Brigadier.
Born in 1961, Brig. Kyabihende was among the first 100 NRA soldiers. He joined NRA in 1981. He was president Museveni’s bodyguard during the 1980-85 bush war.
Mr. Museveni revealed that the late helped the struggle to recruit Bakiga to join the struggle. “I acknowledge his contribution and encourage others to do good because society will always remember,” he said.
The president said he will support Kyabihende’s children who are still studying.
“I came here to salute the contribution of Kyabihende to the army. When you see that Uganda is at peace and contributing to regional security and stability efforts, it is the work of such people.’ Such people who spent all their adult life fighting and protecting our people’’ the president said.
Brigadier Geoffrey Kyabihende Taban died on Monday morning at Nakasero hospital – Kampala after natural illness.
In a statement signed by Brig. Richard Karemire, UPDF’s spokesperson, Kyabihende, who had since May 2014 been Uganda’s Defence Attaché to the Democratic Republic of Congo, was described as an illustrious, highly trained, dedicated officer and a gentleman whose services will greatly be missed by the UPDF fraternity.
“He was a Company Commander in 3rd Battalion under Col Lumumba at the time of the NRA/NRM liberation of Uganda in 1986 and rose to the level of Brigade and Division Commander in various NRA/UPDF units and formations during his time of service,” read the statement.
Other positions he held include Director Liaison NRA/British Military Training Team, Deputy Camp Commandant and Chairman Division Court Martial – Land Force Headquarter – Bombo and Cantonment Commander Magamaga.