The National Unity Platform (NUP) party president, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, has mourned the death of the deputy government spokesperson retired Col. Shaban Bantariza.
Bantariza was pronounced dead this Tuesday morning at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.
In his eulogy, Bobi Wine extended his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased serviceman.
“I have learnt about the sudden death of Deputy Government Spokesperson, Col. Shaban Bantariza. I extend my sympathy to his family and friends,” said Bobi Wine.
He, however noted that it was disheartening to read many unkind comments about the deceased on social media.
“It never used to be like this, but may be this reflects the growing wedge between our rulers and those who are ruled. My prayer is that this will cause deep reflection amongst all of us,” he added.
The presidential hopeful further said that in death, we are reminded that all of us are equal and share a common destiny as human beings, as we await God’s judgement.
“While we’re still alive, we should try to do what is good and what is right to all kinds of people regardless of their social status,” he said, adding that, “May we also learn never to put our trust in anything else, except God, who alone is immortal.”
Bobi Wine disclosed that he feels sad that Col. Bantariza has died without witnessing a ‘New Uganda’ that is all embracing.
“Unlike some comrades who celebrate when their oppressors die, I personally feel sad when they die. I always wish that they live much longer and witness a #NewUganda which is governed with fairness, justice and love,” he said.
Speaking to journalists earlier today, Government Spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said the 57-year old Shaban Bantariza had succumbed to the deadly Covid-19.
“His samples were tested and it was confirmed that he had contracted Covid-19. The postmortem has been done and it confirmed that he died of Covid-19,” Opondo told journalists on Tuesday.
To date, Uganda’s total cumulative COVID-19 cases stand at 11,621. Out of this number, 7,400 have since been discharged from different hospitals across the country after they recovered, while 103 have succumbed to the virus.