Butiama. Retired Tanzania People’s Defence Forces General David Musuguri today reached a rare feat as he became one of the few centurios in Tanzania with a ceremony held at this ancestral home in Butiama.
Even with frail health due to a battle with diabets the former Chief of Defence Forces still has command of reason and sense of humour at 100 years of age.
Surprisingly his elder sister Wambura Mukune who is above 100 is still alive and she jokes about the General being just ‘another little boy’.
Born in Butiama on January 4, 1920, Musuguri aka General Mutukula the man who is credited with the flushing out of dictator Idi Amin from Kagera and later Uganda as the commander of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces looks back at that war with nostaligia.
On many occasions, just like at his birthday celebrations today January 4, 2020, he has insisted that he wanted to capture Idi Amin with his own bare hands.
The two had met in kenya where they both served in the King African Riffles, a British colonial Army in East Africa.
“Idi Amin was disrespectful becasue I taught him at Kahawa Barracks in Nairobi in 1947, at that time I was already a sergent in the King African Riffles (the British colonial army),” the retired General told Azam TV.
On December 9, 1961, Tanganyika attained self rule and several units of the KAR was transferred to the newly formed Tanganyika Rifles.
Musuguri eventually rose to the rank of brigadier. In 1979 he was promoted to Major General and given command of the Tanzanian People's Defence Force (TPDF)'s 20th Division, a force that had been assembled to fight Idi Amin’s invading forces following the outbreak of the Uganda–Tanzania War in 1978.
In 1980 Musuguri was appointed Chief of Defence Forces and on 30 December President Julius Nyerere promoted him to Lieutenant General.
On 7 February 1981 Ugandan President Milton Obote gave Musuguri two spears in honor of "his gallant action in the Battle of Lukaya".
He retired from the army on 31 August 1988 after distinguished service ending almost 50 years of service first in the King African Riffles, African Riffles and then the TPDF.