Tribute Paid to Fallen Brigadier Peter Kerim

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The fallen Deputy Reserve Force Commander Brigadier Peter Kerim has been described as a humble and hardworking man who served Uganda wholeheartedly for much of his life.

The fallen Deputy Reserve Force Commander Brigadier Peter Kerim has been described as a humble and hardworking man who served Uganda wholeheartedly for much of his life.
Brigadier Kerim, the Number 54 in the then guerilla movement, the National Resistance Army, died on Sunday of brain damage and multiple organ failure at Nakasero Hospital, where he had been admitted for a week.
At a requiem mass for him at Our Lady of Africa Church, Mbuya, State Minister for Defence General Jeje Odongo who represented the Defence Minister said the late Brig. Kerim was instrumental in the defeat of Lakwena and her Holy Spirit Movement at Magamaga near Jinja in 1987.
Then, Brig. Kerim just fresh from a grueling guerilla struggle, encouraged his colleagues who were in disarray and routed out the rebels.
Gen Odongo said Kerim was a humble, loyal, patient, honest, courageous and confident officer whose role in the UPDF will always be remembered and appreciated.
He revealed that in 1989 when the LRA war was giving the soldiers a hard time, some few had wanted to mutiny but Kerim, who was then a brigade commander in Gulu advised against it, preferring instead to present their grievances to their Commander-in-Chief.
Gen. Katumba Wamala, the Commander of the Land Forces and a longtime friend, said Brig. Kerim loved everybody, was straightforward and kind, virtues that some people took advantage of to exploit him.
Gen. Wamala said the late Kerim was one of very few soldiers who rose step-by-step through the ranks from a private through to Brigadier, a rare feat in the army.
The widow, Caroline Nyendwoha, urged the mourners to pray for the family and thanked them for supporting her family. Sobbing, she said there are many army officers who are going through tough times and appealed to the UPDF leadership to come to their rescue early and not wait until it is too late.
In his last days, the late Brig. Kerim was an isolated and bitter man having been un-deployed for a long time. It could have been that bitterness that made him resist treatment until it was too late.
Although Brig. Kerim was a fearless fighter in the NRA who played a big role in the final push for Kampala, most bush war comrades and top UPDF officers were conspicuously absent at his funeral.
Brig. Kerim joined the army in 1973 as a signaler and joined the NRA in 1981. During his time of service, he served as a platoon commander, a company commander, a battalion commander, a brigade commander and a division commander.
He also served as Deputy Director-General of External Security Organisation, Director of Training and Site Setting and was a member of the UPDF High Command.
He died at 57 and is survived by a widow and four children.


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