Retired UPDF Lt Col Ahmad Kashilling has said “selective awarding” of medals has made the process of honouring heroes “lose meaning”.
He has come out for the first time in 25 years to dismiss claims that he planned the burning of Republic House in 1989, where NRA, now UPDF lost all army records.
Col Kashilling later fled into exile in Zaire, now DR Congo, in 1989 before he was arrested and brought back to Uganda and charged with treason. He questions why he has not been given a medal, yet he significantly contributed to the NRA bush war, which brought NRM government to power in 1986.
“There are times when I think my name should be removed from the list of those who fought in Luwero. But people will always ask; who commanded the 5th Battalion? Who captured Katonga Bridge? Who blocked Entebbe Road during the capture of Kampala?” he says.
But Gen Elly Tumwine, the head of national medals committee, said Col Kashilling involved himself in subversive activities and therefore cannot be given a medal.
“He should thank God that he was forgiven for treason. He should forget the medal,” Gen Tumwine, told Sunday Monitor.