President Yoweri Museveni has paid tribute to veteran UPDF officer, Brig Geoffrey Taban Kyabihende who died last week.
Speaking to the family members of the deceased soldier in Bunga, a Kampala suburb, Museveni described Taban as having contributed significantly to the struggle that liberated Uganda from tyranny.
Brig Kyabihende 56 who at the time of his death was Uganda’s defense attaché in Democratic Republic of Congo died on Friday at Nakasero Hospital, due to natural causes according a UPDF statement.
Kyabihende who joined the army in 1979 was among the NRA fighters who fought along Museveni in a guerrilla warfare that one of Obote in 1986. He (Kyabihende) would later be among the first bodyguards to Museveni.
“When you see that Uganda is at peace and has contributed to regional peace, it is because these people sacrificed their adult lives,” Museveni said on Wednesday.
The President pledged to support Kyabihende children’s education, and appealed to army veterans and UPDF serving officers to follow suit by supporting children of deceased comrades so that their sacrifice is not in vain.