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Family rejects medal for Ugandan dead fighter

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Jun 10, 2011.

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    The family of the late Mutebi Nekemiyah Guweddeko, one of the Luweero fighters whom President Museveni had named to be honoured with a hero’s medal, yesterday declined the honour, describing it as an insult to the deceased.

    Speaking to Daily Monitor last evening, Mr Fred Guweddeko gave three reasons which he said informed their action.

    “We have written to Gen. Tumwine four times asking him to withdraw their honours but they continue featuring our father on their lists. We want them to stop using our father’s name but they continue,” Mr Guweddeko, a researcher at Makerere University, said.

    He said the government has since 1986 denied the family an opportunity to give a decent burial to their beloved one and that the undertakings reached by Museveni and the late Guweddeko had not been honoured.

    He said there is also a tendency to use the dead for the continued hegemony of those who are in power.

    “Since the war ended in 1986 President Museveni has prevented us from giving our father a befitting cultural burial. You can’t deny somebody a cultural burial and then turn around and declare him a hero,” said Mr Guweddeko.

    But Gen. Elly Tumwine, one of the historical officers of the NRA, turned UPDF, a member of the UPDF High Command and chairman of the government’s Heroes/Honors’ committee, referred to Mr Guweddeko as a “mad man” who was trying to seek audience.

    “He called me complaining that we are not recognising his father but we did so long ago and awarded him with Kagera (honour) but someone who is probably FDC (opposition Forum for Democratic Change) is trying to make something out of it,” Gen Tumwine said, adding he could not tell the year the late Guweddeko was honoured