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UPDF confirms Deputy IGP Gen. Paul Lokech death

Gen Paul Lokech has died after a short illness (PHOTO /Courtesyl

Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen Paul Lokech is dead, the UPDF has confirmed.

A military spokesperson said Gen Lokech died Saturday morning.

“UPDF fraternity regrets to announce the passing on of the Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Paul Lokech. More details to follow. May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace”, Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, the UPDF spokesperson said.

Details of death are still scanty.

He is the second military General officer to die in a space of one week after Gen Pecos Kutesa who from India.

Maj Gen Paul Lokech was appointed
deputy Inspector General in December as President Museveni dropped Maj Gen Stephen Muzeeyi Sabiiti from the same position.

Maj Gen Lokech previously served in South Sudan where he was deployed in November 2019 to monitor on behalf of the guarantors the South Sudan peace process, the assembling, screening, demobilization and integration of the armed forces of South Sudan.

Lokech was one of the commanders credited for breaking the back of Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia when he was commander of UPDF contingent between 2011 and 2012.

Because of his relentless confrontation with Al-Shabaab insurgents and capturing key historical places like the Red Mosque in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the then Brigadier Lokech was nicknamed the ‘Lion of Mogadishu’.

Museveni between 2017 to 2018 redeployed Lokech to Somalia still as UPDF contingent commander and when he returned, he promoted him to the rank of Maj General. He immediately posted him to Jinja to command the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre.

Gen Lokech till December 20, was Chief of Staff of Uganda People’s Defence Air Force –UPDAF.

He previously served as part of the commanders of Uganda’s peace-keeping forces in South Sudan.

The two-star General was part and parcel of Operation Safe Haven where UPDF extremely went offensive on rebels of Allied Democratic Front-ADF who were being commanded by now incarcerated Jamil Mukulu. The ADF was still based in the Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC.

Maj Gen Lokech also commanded UPDF Second Division which is based in Mbarara at Makenke barracks

. Other places where Maj Gen Lokech was deployed include Russia where he was Uganda’s Defence Attaché.

Nevertheless, Maj Gen Lokech was in May 2020 on the spot for assaulting Kira Division traffic commander, Ruth Kyobutungi.

Trouble started when ASP Kyobutungi stopped and reprimanded Lokech for driving on the road shoulder along Kireka-Kyaliwajjala road.

The scuffle ensued near Club Agenda 2000 and the general lost his coo, slapping the female traffic commander. It took the intervention of Kampala Metropolitan police commander Moses Kafeero to solve the matter as ASP Kyobutungi threatened to sue the General.

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