Gen Kutesa’s widow reveals his life secrets

Mrs Kutesa thanked God who has kept them for a period of 41 years in marriage.


Gen Pecos Kutesa’s wife Dora Kutesa has revealed that she donated a liver to her husband in 2009. She noted that it is this liver which had supported him until August 16, 2021when he breathed his last.

The widow said that they have known each other since 1980. They joined the bush war together and they have been on this journey together since then.


Mrs Kutesa thanked God who has kept them for a period of 41 years in marriage. She was speaking at Entebbe International Airport as remains of the late Retired General returned home from India.

Kutesa’s body was returned to Uganda August 20, 2021 aboard Emirates Boeing Flight 777 300ER at around 2PM(EAT) accompanied by his wife and their son.

Lt Gen James Mugira the Managing Director National Enterprise Corporation represented the Chief of Defence Forces to receive the body. He praised the fallen comrade’s name as synonymus with the liberation struggle of this country adding that one cannot talk about the liberation struggle of this country without mentioning the name of Lt Gen Kutesa. “He sacrificed his life as a youth ,he decided to put his life on the line of fire and was ready to pay even the ultimate price. He was a very good commander who commanded very many battles peacefully including the capture of the famous Katonga battles and the capture of Kampala,” he observed. He further added that as a force and a country in general we have lost a great man.

Maj Gen Stephen Kashaka, a close friend to the deceased described him as a very courageous officer who has left a big gap in this country. His loyalty and courage pushed him to join a war where he did not know whether they will win or not and this makes him a hero.

Other UPDF Generals who graced the function included Lt Gen Nakibus Lakara the Managing director of Uganda Air Cargo, Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda the Joint Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Sam Kawagga 1st Division Commander, Maj Gen Tumusiime Katsigazi the Deputy Air Force Commander, service Chiefs, friends and family.

Burial will take place at his country home in Kabula County, Lyantonde district on Sunday 22 August.