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Gen. Lokech was a Disciplined, Peace Loving Soldier - Archbishop Odama

Archbishop Odama told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview Saturday that Gen Lokech was an advocate for peace at the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA insurgency in Northern Uganda instead of the use of violence.
Deceased. Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen Paul Lokech. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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The Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese  Dr. John Baptist Odama has hailed the former Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Paul Lokech as a disciplined and peace-loving soldier.

Archbishop Odama told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview on Saturday that Gen. Lokech was an advocate for peace at the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA insurgency in Northern Uganda who discouraged the use of violence.

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“He was a disciplined soldier and peace-loving because during the struggle we had for peace here, he played a big role. He was one of those encouraging peace talks and discouraging anything like violence," says Odama.

Gen. Lokech died on Saturday morning at his home in Kampala. His cause of death still remains unknown. The Inspector-General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has since directed the Police Pathologist, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga to s establish the cause of his death.

Archbishop Odama noted that Gen. Lokech remained a committed soldier throughout his military career to seeing order in his country and beyond. He says Lokech’s last assignment as Deputy Police chief saw him rooting for law-abiding citizens as witnessed in his "expeditious" handling of the investigation into the attempted assassination of the Works and Transport Minister, Gen. Katumba Wamala in June this year.

Gen. Lokech made his last public appearance last month at the Police Headquarters in Naguru while addressing journalists on the progress of investigations into the arrest of suspects arrested in the killing of Gen. Wamala’s daughter Brenda Nantongo and driver Sgt. Haruna Kayondo.

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Archbishop Odama called on leaders and security personnel in the country to emulate the works of Gen. Lokech. “Any God-fearing person and any person who is exemplary should be copied by the rest of the citizens,” says Archbishop Odama.

Retired Kitgum Diocese Bishop, Macleod Baker Ochola says the deceased was a nationalist and a patriotic who served his nation without any discrimination.

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“Lokech was a nationalist, very patriotic, very dedicate and committed to serve his country Uganda, serve the people of Uganda without any discrimination whatsoever," says Rt. Rev Ochola.

He also reiterated that security officers in the country should take the exemplary life of Gen. Lockech for a peaceful country.

Gen. Lokech had just served as Deputy Inspector General of Police for eight months after replacing Maj Gen Stephen Muzeeyi Sabiiti. 

Prior to his appointment into the Uganda Police force, Gen. Lokech served as the Uganda People’s Defense Air force-UPDAF between July to December 2019.

He also served on two occasions in war-torn Somalia as the Uganda People’s Defence Forces Contingent Commander between 2011-12 and 2017-2018 were he registered success in destabilizing Al-Shabaab and earned the name, “Lion of Mogadishu”