The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Katumba Wamala, yesterday described the late Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Brig Geoffrey Kakama as an incorruptible, patriotic and a disciplined officer whose family is left with no blood-stained wealth.
Speaking at the requiem mass at All Saints Cathedral in Kampala, Gen Wamala said all soldiers should emulate the fallen comrade whose services to the country are adorable.
“He didn’t leave a lot of riches to his family because he didn’t dip his hands (in coffers) like many people do. Comrades, look; the church is full today and if it is your turn, will it be full or empty?’’ Gen Wamala asked, making soldiers seated in front to turn and look behind later nodding in appreciation of the attendance.
The CDF also said Brig Kakama’s discipline made him to be appointed in different positions like to head the Division General Court Martial, representing Uganda in the negotiations that led the breakaway of South Sudan from Sudan and several other assignments.
He said the UPDF met all the medical bills at Nakasero hospital since last year after the Force learnt of Brig Kakama’s illness and did everything to save his life but in vain. Kakama was promoted to the rank of brigadier last year after serving the army for 32 years.
He is survived by a wife and four children. He will be buried today at Rwanywangwe Sub-county, Nyabushozi in Kiruhura District.