Photos: UPDF Accords COVID-19 Victim Col. Bantariza Scientific Burial

Photos: UPDF Accords COVID-19 Victim Col. Bantariza Scientific Burial

 

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.

A team from the UPDF COVID-19 response team handling the burial

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.

The priest and mourners at the funeral

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.

AIGP Asan Kasingye with Ofwono Opondo and other mourners at the funeral

 

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