Colonel Kutesa provides important insights into the ideology and principles of the NRA and the events that triggered the rebellion which resulted in the ouster of the Obote II and the Okello Lutwa regimes. He traces his own growth and development from a naive young student to an adult troubled by political turmoil, presents his own reasons for joining in what he refers to as 'the struggle', and discusses the various roles he played in the course of the war and afterwards.
Brigadier Pecos Kutesa was born in Masaka District in 1956. He did his O and A levels at Masaka Secondary School between 1971 and 1975. He was, in 1986, promoted to colonel and appointed commander of the 4th Division headquartered in Gulu. From 1990 to 1991 he attended a course at the Ghana Armed Forces Staff College, after which he was appointed Chief of Training and Recruitment, a position he held up to 1994. He became a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1995, and thus helped shape the current Ugandan constitution. In 1998 Kutesa entered Makerere University, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) degree.