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Museveni described Col. Shaban Bantariza as a dedicated cadre who worked for Uganda’s liberation and development. FILE PHOTO

In a statement posted on his social media platform, Museveni described Col Shaban Bantariza as a dedicated cadre who worked for Uganda’s liberation and development.

President Yoweri Museveni has joined the hands of many other Ugandans to mourn the death of Col Shaban Bantariza, the Deputy Government Spokesperson who succumbed to the coronavirus on Tuesday. 

In a statement posted on his social media platform, the President described the deceased as a dedicated cadre who worked for Uganda’s liberation and development.

“I received the sad news of the death of Col Shaban Bantariza, the Deputy Government Spokesperson. He was a dedicated cadre who worked for Uganda’s liberation and development.”

“He was eloquent as he spoke for the UPDF and government,” Museveni’s statement read before sending his condolences to Bantariza’s family.

Col Shaban Bantariza breathed his last on Tuesday morning at Mulago hospital. According to the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo who is also the Executive Director of Uganda Media Centre, Bantariza died from COVID-19.

Ofwono Opondo made the remarks yesterday while addressing journalists. He said that his colleague had been complaining of chest pain, low blood pressure, and cough.

“He was admitted on Friday at Mbuya military hospital, from where he was taken to Victoria clinic before being transferred to Mulago after they had suspected he could have contracted COVID 19,” Opondo said.

“Upon testing in Mulago and medical verification, it was confirmed that indeed he had contracted COVID-19, it is indeed sad news that Shaban (Bantariza has died of COVID-19,” he added.

museveni mourns col shaban bantariza
Museveni described Col. Shaban Bantariza as a dedicated cadre who worked for Uganda’s liberation and development. FILE PHOTO

Who is Shaban Bantariza?

Shaban Bantariza was born in Mitooma district, in 1963. He attended St. Leo’s College, Kyegobe, in Fort Portal, Kabarole District for his O-Level studies before later joining the Catholic brotherhood where he trained as an elementary school teacher.

The deceased joined Makerere University in 1985 but later abandoned his studies and joined the National Resistance Army, led by President Yoweri Museveni

Bantariza attended guerrilla Bootcamp in the Kabarore area, in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. He also attended and graduated from the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College, having studied the senior command course offered annually at the college

He also served as the UPDF spokesperson from 2000 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2006. 

For a period of time, prior to February 2009, Batanzira, at the rank of lieutenant colonel, served as the commander of the Oliver Tambo Leadership School, in Kaweweta, Nakaseke District, in Uganda’s Central Region.

On 26 February 2009, he was appointed commandant of the National Leadership Institute (NALI), in Kyankwanzi, Kyankwanzi District serving in that capacity until he was relieved of his duties on 7 October 2011.