Exiled commander of the rebel group People’s Redemption Army (PRA) Col Samson Mande has lost his brother in a fatal motor accident.
Capt James Katabazi, commonly known as Kekibira died together with his wife Paulina Kamazooba along Kampala-Masaka road, according to Mr Mande, currently in Sweden.
“It’s very hard to believe that my brother Captain James Katabazi and his wife, my sister in law Paulina Kamazooba Katabazi have left us,” grieved Col Mande on Sunday evening.
By press time, the deceased bodies were still at Masaka Hospital for postmortem.
Capt. Katabazi was one of 22 former rebels under the PRA that were arrested and jailed in Luzira for attempting to overthrow government in 2004.
Katabazi who had served in the revolutionary NRA since 1981 with army number No.RA285, had later in the 1990s severed ties with the regime, before he joined Col Kizza Besigye’s Reform Agenda.
After the 2001 election that Besigye lost to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, Capt. Katabazi fled to Rwanda where he joined his brother Samson Mande’s rebel group PRA.
He was arrested months later and paraded before the Kampala High Court, with 21 others and they were sent to Luzira on treason charges.
He was however later in 2007 handed amnesty by the UPDF and released from jail together with two others George Owakukiroru Tumwesigye and Peter Atwongyeire.