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ICT minister Nabakooba pays tribute to Bantariza

By David Lumu

Added 27th October 2020 12:47 PM

Bantariza, the Deputy Executive Director of Uganda Media Centre, died on Tuesday morning at Mulago National Referral Hospital. 

ICT minister Nabakooba pays tribute to Bantariza

Bantariza

Bantariza, the Deputy Executive Director of Uganda Media Centre, died on Tuesday morning at Mulago National Referral Hospital. 

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Judith Nabakooba, has described the late Col. Shaban Bantariza as a "hardworking soldier" who had a broader understanding of policy issues and how they related to national, regional and international perspectives. 

Bantariza, the Deputy Executive Director of Uganda Media Centre, died on Tuesday morning at Mulago National Referral Hospital. 

"Bantariza will always be remembered for his brilliant work as Army spokesperson. I remember his hard work in keeping the country informed and accountable during the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion of northern Uganda, the peacekeeping missions in the DR Congo, and many others," Nabakooba said in a statement on Tuesday. 
 
"His depth in public dialogue, humor and flexibility in service were unmatched," she added. 
 
Col. Bantariza succumbed to COVID-19, Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo told journalists on Tuesday morning at Mulago Hospital. 
 
Speaking to New Vision on Tuesday, Opondo added that Bantariza was admitted at Mulago Hospital on Saturday and has been in the intensive care unit. 
 
"He was admitted on Saturday at Mulago Hospital with hypertension-related illnesses. He went into a coma, and he has been in intensive care unit since Sunday. He died on Tuesday morning at 2:00am," Opondo said, noting that the burial programme will be released after consultations with all stakeholders, including Bantariza's family and the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) where he served for a long time before he retired in 2013. 
 
"For now, I can't say anything about the burial because there are many parties that will be involved. We are just going to start having discussions on what to do," he added. 
 
Several people have sent condolence messages to Bantariza's family, describing him as an "eloquent soldier" who served his country "excellently" whenever he was deployed. 
 
"[It is] very sad to hear of the passing of Colonel Bantariza. He was our UPDF spokesperson in the early 2000s, during the difficult days of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency in [the] north and northeastern Uganda. He performed excellently. We shall miss you, comrade. May you rest in peace," Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, said. 
 
The UPDF spokesperson, Brig. Flavia Byekwaso said: "The UPDF family with great sadness have learnt of the passing on of the deputy executive director of Uganda Media Centre and deputy government spokesperson,   Rtd Col Bantariza at Mulago National Referral Hospital. May his soul rest in peace." 
 

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