By Mable Nakibuuka
The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) has Thursday October 29th, 2020, overseen the burial of retired Col. Shaban Bantariza, who was the deputy government spokesperson and deputy Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre.
According to our sources, Col. Bantariza was laid to rest at his ancestral burial grounds in Kagorogoro village, Mitooma District, where the UPDF accorded him a full military honours with a 24-gun salute.
Col. Bantariza succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday morning at Mulago Referral National Hospital, where he had been rushed over the weekend after developing breathing complications and signs similar to those of people infected with the virus.
Since it was a scientific burial, the funeral was attended by very few people who included mainly close family mebers, Uganda Media Centre boss Ofwono Opondo, AIGP Asan Kasingye, a few UPDF officers and some government officials.