According to family and military sources, Ggwanga breathed his last at Nakasero Hospital this morning where he was admitted a few weeks ago with a life-threatening ailment.
Maj. Gen Kasirye Gwanga
Gen. (Rtd) Kasirye Ggwanga is dead. He was aged 68.
to family and military sources, Ggwanga breathed his last at Nakasero
Hospital this morning where he was admitted on May 18. Kasirye Ggwanga underwent a successful operation two weeks ago after doctors discovered a blood clot in one of the vessels in his head.
In April, Kasirye was admitted to Mbuya Military Barracks where he received initial treatment before being referred to
Nakasero for the operation. This happened four years after he suffered a lung-related complication for which he sought treatment abroad.
was born in Mubende district in 1952. His father was a peasant farmer and
hunter. Kasirye attended Katakala Primary School and Kibuli Secondary School for his primary and
O-Level education respectively.
He joined the Uganda Army
in 1972 and was posted to Arua in West Nile as a map reader following his initial
training. He was captured in 1978 and taken as the prison of war when Tanzania
People’s Defense Forces-TPDF attacked Uganda.
was released in 1980 when the late president, Godfrey Binaisa negotiated for
the release of political prisoners.
Kasirye joined the Uganda Freedom Army
under the late Andrew Kayira to avenge the death of his brother, Lt. James
Kasirye, a military pilot who was tortured to death by government soldiers.
1985, Kasirye left Uganda Freedom Army and joined the National Resistance Army,
which ushered President, Yoweri Museveni into power. He served in different
roles between 1986 and 2005 including as Mubende District chairperson.
retired from the army in January 2005 at the rank of brigadier but asked to be reinstated
three months after. He was promoted to Major General in 2018 before he went on
to retire for the second time.