Loketch’s demise ‘is a big loss to the country’ – UPC
Kampala – 26, August 2021: Uganda Police Force (UPF) has lost its second in command – the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Maj. Gen. Paul Loketch. The “Lion of Mogadishu” was announced dead on 21, August from his home in Kira Municipality, Wakiso district.
Lokech’s sudden death has shocked many Ugandans and his friends outside the country and at home have described him as “a fearless and patriotic man”. He contributed immensely to the restoration of peace in Somalia.
Addressing the media in Kampala on Wednesday, Arach Oyat Sharon who is the UPC party spokesperson says his death “left the country gripped with grief”.
“On Saturday 21 August 2021, news filtered in so fast that the Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. General Paul Lockech, commonly known as “the lion of Mogadishu” is no more! This left the country gripped with grief!” she says.
She adds that UPC greatly sympathies and sends heartfelt condolences to the family of Maj. Gen Lokech, Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) and Uganda Police Force (UPF), which institutions he served with total commitment and sacrifice.
“The late officer has been at the centre of key military operations in DRC and Somalia among others where he served with outstanding record. His recent appointment as Deputy IGP brought him more in the public domain. He has left a legacy of hard work, commitment and focus,” Arach told media.
Similarly, UPC says she sends sincere condolences to the UPDF and family of late Lt. Gen. Pecos Kutesa who died early last week in India where he had been hospitalized for quite some time.
Early this week, postmortem report indicated he died due to “blood clot”.
The former DIGP will be buried tomorrow (Friday) in Pader district.