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Uganda: Maj Zizinga Will Be Buried With Military Honours

Maj Oliver Zizinga, the National Resistance Army fighter in the five-year Luweero guerilla war, will be buried on Wednesday with military honours.

The story of how and why Maj Zizinga, 85, joined the guerrilla war that brought President Museveni to power in 1986 is linked to Uganda's troubled political history and insecurity.Maj Zizinga will be buried in Semuto, Luweero District .In 1981, an opportunity came when then rebel leader Museveni was told by Moses Kigongo that there was a woman in Kyadondo who had mobilised locals to attack government soldiers for looting shops in the area.Later, she and Ms Gertrude Njuba were given the responsibility to take charge of Museveni's welfare and that meant they had to be with the rebel leader wherever.

Her three children were killed by the government soldiers in 1980 and in an interview with Daily Monitor in 2014, she said she vowed to support whoever started a rebellion against the government of the former president Milton Obote.Army spokesperson Flavia Byekwaso told Daily Monitor yesterday that a funeral service will be held today at St Paul's Cathedral Namirembe.

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