During the funeral, President Museveni made several pledges to the family. Bamuze’s son Ali Abdu Adaku Bamuze, says that six years down the road after the death of their father, the president is yet to fulfil the pledges he made at the burial of their late father, Bamuze on October 7th 2015 in Yumbe.
The family of the late
Major General Ali Bamuze has made a passionate plea to president, Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni over
unfulfilled pledges he made in 2015 following the death of their father. At the time of his death,
Major General Ali Bamuze was working with Operation Wealth Creation-OWC.
He joined the UPDF following a
peace agreement he signed with President Museveni on December 24th 2002 at Yumbe Boma grounds in his capacity as the Chief of Staff in Uganda National
Liberation Front-UNRF 1 and UNRF 2, a rebel group that had set up base in Morobu and later Kajokeji in Yei River State in the Republic of South Sudan.
Among the key issues in the peace agreement
UNRF 2 and Uganda government was
an offer of 15 State Scholarships to children of former UNRF 2 fighters, Shillings 19 Billion compensation to the former rebels and jobs including
appointment to ministerial positions for
some of the former rebels.
On October 7th 2015, Major General Ali Bamuze died in Kampala after a short illness
and was given a State Burial. During the funeral,
President Museveni made several pledges to the family. Bamuze’s son Ali Abdu Adaku Bamuze, says that six years down the road after the death of
their father, the president is yet to fulfil the pledges he made at the burial
of their late father, Bamuze on October 7th 2015 in Yumbe.
He says that life has become hard for
them since the demise of their father and they want Museveni to come to their rescue.
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Fadhil Lemeriga, a maternal
grandson to the late Bamuze explained that the only pledge fulfilled was the UPDF registered Noah Vehicle, which the family cannot use to raise money. According to Lemeriga, President Museveni should
not only fulfil
the pledges he made to the family of late Bamuze but also pay all that is due
to the former UNRF 1 and 2 fighters as agreed in their Peace Accord.
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Bamuze who died at 68 years of age married four
wives–Hawa Ali, Mary Candiru, Faridha Monday and Jalia Nalubega, with whom he got 11 children.
Bamuze’s Military Life
Bamuze joined the military service in 1963 as a member of the Kings Africa Riffle after completing P.6 at
Geya Muslim primary school in Yumbe and was assigned number UR0487.
After training in Jinja, they pioneered Moroto barracks where he went on to become an
instructor in 1965 on the account
of his hard work. He trained among others Gen. Moses
Ali, who went on to become his
boss in the Uganda
National Rescue Front I.
During the Simba war of 1965 in Congo, Bamuze was promoted to Corporal and in 1966, he was
promoted to sergeant. He was sent
for field raft training at
Jinja conducted by Israeli instructors. In
1971, he was promoted to lieutenant and sent to Israel for an officers’ course. Upon his return, Bamuze was
transferred to Mbale
and made a sports officer.
He rose to the rank of Captain in 1994 and was appointed deputy national sports officer to
Captain Mohamed Seruwagi. Bamuze
served in that capacity until the overthrow of
Amin’s government in 1979. He fled to exile in Sudan and together with Gen.
Moses Ali started the Uganda National Rescue Front
When Moses Ali signed an agreement with the
Army in 1986, Bamuze who was the chief of staff of the rebels refused to be part of the settlement and
instead proceeded to start UNRF II. He later also denounced rebellion and joined the
national army, the Uganda People’s Defense Forces where he served until his death.