Maj. General Stephen Tumusiime Rwabuntu, The Deputy Commander of the UPDF Reserve Forces, has passed on, Let Out News has learnt.
The development was confirmed by the Deputy Defence spokesperson, Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu and confirmed that the UPDF would issue a formal statement “soon”.
Former Security Minister, Lt Gen (rtd) Henry Tumukunde and 2021 presidential aspirant hailed the deceased as an understanding and true gentleman.
“I have learnt with great sorrow of the passing of Gen. Stephen T. Rwabantu ‘Gonya’ (RO/0081), a war hero and comrade for many years. He was always understanding and a true gentleman. He will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and the UPDF fraternity,” Tumukunde tweeted on Sunday morning.
Rwabuntu was very close to president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and had pledged allegiance to the Chief of Defense for a period of 40 years. After being promoted to the rank of Major General in 2018, he warned those who wanted to disturb the peace of the ruling government to think twice.
“Those who want to disturb our peace should think twice. Some of us are causalities of the bush war and we cannot allow such to return. If you want to disturb our peace, the ‘Goonya’ will come out,” he said.
“If anybody wants to destabilise (should know) this country did not have this peace on a silver plate, we lost our people in the bush around Luweero. Some of us are casualties, but here we are. So we are warning those who are running around and think they will disturb us, they should think twice.”
Rwabantu joined the bush war in 1981 after defecting from the UNLA barracks in Bugoloobi.