By Max Patrico Ocaido
President Yoweri Museveni has warned his soldiers and Ugandans on living a reckless life characterized by smoking, alcohol and promiscuity.
The President was speaking at All Saints’ Cathedral during a requiem mass of late Maj. Ian Arthur Kangaho, a Special Forces Command (SFC) officer who passed on at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) on Saturday.
Maj. Kangaho, nephew to First Lady Janet Museveni reportedly died of lung cancer.
“I am very sorry to hear about the death of Ian who died at the age of 55. When I inquired what killed him, I was told he died of lung cancer and when I asked if he was a smoker, I was told he was a chain smoker. Yes, I know it is in order to die, but let’s get rid of risky factors so that we can live a little longer,” Museveni said.
He added that at 55, Maj. Kangaho was still young and could have don much more for his country.
“Why should you drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes? I have never taken alcohol in my entire life because I would see people drunk in my village and I would get annoyed with them. They would go around talking to themselves. By doing so, you are selfish because we shall not be able to get the best out of you,” Museveni said.
“Those cigarettes are very dangerous. My father Amos Kaguta died at 97, but he could have lived for 100 years if he was not smoking pipe and that smoke would irritate me.”
While speaking to the children of late Kangaho, Museveni warned them and others to stay away from three risk factors of smoking, alcoholism and promiscuity.
“Don’t smoke, don’t drink and don’t womanize, love God and study hard then leave the rest to God. If you get rid of these risk factors and you still fall sick then it is not your problem, but God’s,” Museveni cautioned.
Maj. Ian Kangaho’s funeral service attracted top dignitaries including Senior Presidential Adviser on Special Operations Maj Gen Muhoozi Kaneirugaba, Chief of Defense Forces Gen David Muhoozi, SFC commander Brig Don Nabasa, foreign affairs minister Sam Kuteesa among others.
Maj. Kangaho Eulogized
Judith Kangaho, wife to the fallen soldier said that the last three months have been the craziest months in her life, being with her husband on his sickbed.
“I love Ian so much that I gave up everything I had in the US to come and marry Ian in 2004. Ian was a great man, he told me every day that he loved me and I did the same and with all his imperfections he is the best person I had seen. He was so humble who talked to the rich and poor,” Judith said as tears rolled down her cheek.
CDF Gen Muhoozi eulogized Maj. Ian as one man who loved his job and died as he lived.
“I will not forget his signature handshake. If he did not like you then you would tell from the handshake. He loved his job and God and died as he lived. Even on his sickbed, he tried hard to be positive, he loved people and did not want to bother others with his sickness and perhaps this explains why he tried hard to hide his situation from his wife whom he loved so much,” Gen Muhoozi said.
Late Maj. Ian will be laid to rest on Tuesday at his ancestral home in Ntungamo district.