By Ivan Mwine
The body of former Ethics Minister Fr. Simon Lokodo, 64, who died in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 29th, is set to arrive in Uganda on Saturday February 05th, 2022.
Reliable sources reveal that Lokodo’s remains will arrive at Entebbe Airport on Saturday at 4:40Am aboard Turkish Airline, flight number TK 1918 from Geneva to Istanbul and flight number TK 612 from Istanbul to Entebbe and will be received by A-Plus Funeral Services, the company hired to handle the funeral.
The repatriation of Fr. Lokodo’s body however has cost the Ugandan tax payers at least Shs500M which was requested from government by the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC), having been a member of the Commission.
It should be noted that at the time of his death, Fr. Lokodo had travelled to Geneva to attend a global human rights conference on behalf of the UHRC.
The exact cause of his death has not yet been revealed by government but preliminary reports indicate that he developed health complications while in Geneva and collapsed.
His handlers rushed him to hospital but by the time they reached he had breathed his last. His funeral and burial programme is yet to be announced by government.
Lokodo, born 28 October 1957, was a Ugandan politician who served as Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity in the Office of the President of Uganda since 2011.
Previously, he was the Minister of State for Industry from 2009 to 2011.
He also served as the elected Member of Parliament representing Dodoth County, Kaabong District since 2006 until he lost his Parliamentary seat in January 2021.