The death of Maj Gen (Rtd) Kasirye Ggwanga yesterday drew eulogies from friends, musicians, politicians and top military officers, among others.
Maj Gen Ggwanga, 68, died a month after being admitted to Nakasero Hospital in Kampala following an illness which the army said they were still waiting for the medical report to ascertain.
Some of the notable musicians who eulogized the man with wealthy descriptions, among which included arrogant, proud, loose talker, down to earth, straightforward, brave and cantankerous, among others are singers like Bobi Wine, Bebe Cool and Catherine Kusasira.
In his eulogy, Bebe Cool described the retired major general as “a true hero” before adding that he will be missed.
“A true hero departing on HERO’S day. Rest in peace Major General K.G. You will be missed,” Bebe Cool posted on his social media platforms.
Kusasira only said, “Hero, Heroic!! Rest in Eternity Gen Kasirye Gwanga.”
In his eulogy, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine said he had an opportunity of being Ggwanga’s personal friend over a long time.
“I had the opportunity of being his personal friend over a long time. We agreed and disagreed on many things, but every time I met him, there was a lot to learn. Like many prominent people in this country, Gen. Kasirye’s arrest, detention and eventual death is shrouded in mystery. Like many Ugandans, I am hoping that those in authority will provide satisfactory answers. May his soul rest in peace,” Bobi Wine posted on his social media platforms.
In January last year, there was drama at Makindye, a Kampala suburb when Ggwanga shot at a car belonging to Kusasira.
Police said the shooting followed a quarrel between Maj Gen Ggwanga’s children and the National Resistance Movement leaning artiste’s aides over noise pollution.
Police later said it was stuck with the case after Kusasira declined to record a statement.
In March this year, the retired senior military officer stunned the entertainment industry when he said he did not know Bebe Cool, real name Moses Ssali.
“I don’t know Bebe Cool, who is he? I only hear that he is an artist but I’ve never seen him physically or held his hands. I know Chameleone and I’ve told you that he is my friend but Bebe Cool, what is so special about him? Of what importance or how can he even help NRM? To tell us about the Ghetto? You’re so stupid. Why did you grow up in the Ghetto? You ran away from home and you ended up growing up in the Ghetto,” said Maj Gen Ggwanga who carried himself with such an independent mind that political correctness had no borderline on his tongue.
In response, Bebe Cool wrote,” “Sir, retired major general Kasirye Gwanga, you have my full respect and you will always have it despite the fact that you disrespect me, a person you have never met or interacted with.”
Maj Gen Ggwanga saw himself only as a hero. Ggwanga’s words often elicited as much joy as they did anger. Many times, even those who took offence silently smiled at his frankness. His was a life of sweet arrogance.
Lt Col Deo Akiiki, the Deputy UPDF spokesperson, told journalists that they agreed with the deceased’s family on a tentative programme to bury him on Friday in Mityana District.
“There will be no vigils both in Kampala and in the village. We shall allow selected UPDF officers and family members to attend the burial,” he said.
Lt Col Akiiki also said Maj Gen Kasirye will be buried with military honours.