Another Ugandan General collapses to death

Gen. Ali Bamuze handing over his rebel force's flag to President Yoweri Museveni, after the signing of the peace accord in 2002

Gen. Ali Bamuze (L) handing over his rebel force’s flag to President Yoweri Museveni, after the signing of the peace accord in 2002

The former leader of the Uganda National Rescue Front (UNRF) II rebel outfit, Maj. Gen. Ali Bamuze has collapsed and died while attending a meeting in near Entebbe International Airport, and State House.

Sources say the army officer missed a step/stair and fell to his death vomiting blood Sunday evening.

“It’s true he has passed on but I have no details [about the cause and circumstance],” army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told a local daily adding the deceased “was a peace lover, which is why he led his fighters out of the bush. We shall remember him for that.”

UNRF II was formed in 1996 by soldiers who had served under former President Idi Amin, it was incorporated into Uganda’s national military, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in 2002 after a deal was reached between the rebels and the government.

He was in charge of Affairs of the former combatants.

General Bamuze’s death comes three weeks after that of Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, the minister of Internal Affairs and the former army commander.

Gen. Nyakairima collapsed and died on a flight from South Korea to Dubai on his way back to Uganda after official trip from Asia.

Also last Friday, Uganda lost another top government official, the State Minister for Trade and Industry Dr. James Mutende died Friday night in his sleep at his home in Makindye, a Kampala suburb.

The government has released a statement saying the minister died of natural causes.