Kanombe, 26 February 2017
The Rwanda Defence Force, family and friends on 26 February 2017 bid farewell to late Maj Jean Claude Kalisa (Muzungu) who passed away on 22 February 2017 at King Faysal Hospital (KFH).
During the burial ceremony, the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Leadership was represented by Maj Gen Augustin Turagara, Commandant of the RDF Hqs. In his eulogy, delivered on behalf of the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Turagara comforted the aggrieved family for losing a husband, a father or a friend, noting that Major Kalisa was a gallant and dedicated senior officer of the RDF. He further underscored that the death of Maj Kalisa, was a very big loss not only to the family but also to RDF and the Country as a whole.
Col Dr Alex Butera, Orthopedic Surgeon at Rwanda Military Hospital & King Faysal Hospital, who is also a close family relative to Late Maj Kalisa explained to the mourners that Late Maj Jean Claude Kalisa died from a stroke attack that seriously damaged his brain. Dr Butera noted that specialist medics at KFH where Maj Kalisa was admitted tried everything in their capacity to save his life but unfortunately could not stop the tragedy to happen. He further disclosed that even the RDF top leadership had called him formally requesting the medical team to do whatever they could to rescue the life of Late Maj Jean Claude Kalisa.
The funeral ceremony that was marked by full military honors was attended by, besides the family of the deceased, RDF Generals, Senior officers, Junior officers and Other ranks, as well as hundreds of friends.
May your Soul Rest in Eternal Peace, Comrade!