By Nixon Segawa and Joshua Nahamya
Opposition Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) party faction under the administration of Joseph Bossa have expressed their heartfelt condolences for the demise of the former party chairman, Maj. Edward Rurangaranga.
Maj. Rurangaranga succumbed to heart-related ailments at Mbarara hospital on Tuesday morning.
Rurangaranga, is a former UPC Minister of State for Local Government (1981-1985), and one of the commanders of Kikosi Maalum (Special Brigade) nationalist, patriotic military wing of Uganda.
The party spokesperson, Okello Lucima noted that Rurangaranga is remembered as one of the exiles who spearheaded the fight and overthrow of Idi Amin in 1978-79.
He noted that the party and the country have lost a soldier, patriot, liberator, and a statesman.
“In remembering Maj Rurangaranga, UPCs and all patriotic Ugandans must embrace the causes for national unity in diversity, equality of opportunities and before the law, and development with equity and fairness,” Lucima eulogised.
Lucima called on the youth to continue the struggles for national democratic liberation for which Maj
Rurangaranga and his contemporaries dissipated their youths.
“We salute him and his comrades -in-arms of the Kikosi Maalum, for their service to country and people. May God grant Maj Rurangaranga everlasting life, and may Christ carry the burdens of death for his family, the people of Sheema and entire Bushenyi, his Party and country.”
Lucima noted that the party in conjunction with the family will soon issue burial arrangements.
By the time of publishing this story, Rurangaranga’s body was still at Mbarara hospital awaiting a postmortem to be carried out.
Bugingo Mutahemuka, an in-law of the deceased, said Rurangaranga has been battling with diabetes and hypertension.
The 85-year-old is survived by a widow and eight children, 3 boys and 5 girls.
By the time of his death, he was a chief stake holder in Sheema.
He will be laid to rest in Kitanjojo village, Kitagata in Sheema district.