Lt Col (rtd) Ahmed Kashilling, one of the senior soldiers of the National Resistance Army that ushered in the current ruling government, has died.
Kashilling died on Thursday in hospital, according to Security Minister Maj Gen (Rtd) Jim Muhwezi.
“I am saddened to announce the passing of comrade Lt Col (rtd) Ahmed Kashilling. He was a brave and dedicated soldier. He served his country until now when he has gone be with his creator. May Allah rest the soul of my departed comrade in eternal peace,” Muhwezi announced.
Col Ahmed Kashillingi RO040, one of the 15 most senior officers after NRA captured power, has ben a technical advisor in the Ministry of Security.
Col. Kashillingi joined the army in 1960s and was under the Marine Unit in Luzira before he joined the NRA in 1981. He is a trained commando from Iraq.
In the bush, he fought many and fierce battles. He defended Yoweri Museveni in 1984 when the entire NRA was aware to attack Masindi and UNLA forces attacked the camp where the rebel leader was.
With two platoons he managed to put up a formidable resistance and the Chairman High Command, High Command headquarters and the Sick bay. He commanded the troops that captured of Entebbe Airport.
Col Kashillingi later fled the country and went to DR Congo was later arrested on allegations and charged with treason but the case was dismissed. Before he fled, he had been accused of burning Republic House, where NRA records were kept.
He was a member of the historical command, alias High historical command.
Other members included among others; Yoweri Museveni, Eriya Kategaya(Deceased), Sam Magara, Elly Tumwine (deceased), Fred Rwigyema(Deceased), Salim Saleh, David Tinyefuza, Matayo Kyaligonza and Tadeo Kanyankole.
Others were Joram Mugume, Chefe Ali, Ivan Koreta, Pecos Kuteesa, Stephen Kashaka, Fred Mwesigye, Mzee Barihona (deceased), Jim Muhwezi, Julius Kihanda, Frank Guma, Peter Kerim, Stanley Muhangi (deceased), Kibirango Gyagenda, Fred Bamwesigye, Nasur Amin Izaruku, Dr Ronald Batta (Deceased), Sserwanga-Lwanga (Deceased), Dr Kizza-Besigye and Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu.