Lt. Col. Ogole. Photo credit: Hudson Apunyo
KAMPALA– The commander of Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) Special Brigade that dislodged National Resistance Army rebels from Luweero District in 1983 is dead.
Lt. Col. John Charles Ogole passed on yesterday morning in London, United Kingdom, where he has been living in exile for the last 29 years. He was 69.
His sister, Ms. Gertrude Alori, who also lives in the UK, said the deceased, who has been receiving treatment for cancer, was to celebrate his 70th birthday tomorrow.
“Ogole is dead, he is no more. He passed away at St. Charles Hospice where he has been receiving prostate cancer treatment,” Ms. Aloi said.
A family statement read: “It is with deep sorrow that the Ogole family announces the death of their beloved father, Lieutenant Colonel John Charles Ogole.” They said funeral arrangements would be communicated later.
Mr. Ben Wacha, the former Oyam North MP and a relative of the deceased, said Ogole had for the last three months been unwell. “He has been in and out of hospital,” Mr Wacha said on phone.
The once brilliant battle tactician and chief strategist of the UNLA during the peak of the war that brought President Museveni into power fled into exile in 1985 after the Obote II government was deposed by military junta Gen Tito Okello Lutwa.
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