MITOOMA- Residents of Rutookye town council Mitooma district continue to mourn the late native Rtd Col Shaban Bantariza as a great Countryman whom they will live to remember.
Bantariza 57, the former army spokesperson who hails from Kagorogoro cell, Nyakasiro ward, Rutookye Town council in Mitooma district succumbed to COVID-19 at Mulago Hospital yesterday.
Jane Nuwabaine, Mary Turyaabe and Egdio Babwine all residents of Rutookye town council recall the time the deceased would spare for them whenever he visited his home area. They say he was welcoming and entertained all kinds of people irrespective of their status.
This however didn’t leave the residents in their normal mood since they are now scared that the scourge could be at their fingertips now that it is claiming lives of high profile Ugandans.
Col Bantariza becomes the first Mitooma native to succumb to the scourge since the outbreak in March 2020.
Medical experts say he also had other complications which included diabetes mellitus and systemic hypertension.
According to the program seen by our reporter, he will be buried tomorrow Thursday 29th October 2020 at 11am by health experts and army officials. There will be mass at 9am and after the body arrives, it will be buried immediately.
Ada Nasiima, the Mitooma resident district commissioner who also heads the District COVID-19 taskforce told our reporter that only the army and specialized teams will lay Bantariza’s remains tomorrow in Mitooma district.
“Only family, close relatives, Health and the Army officials will be allowed at the burial grounds in line with the Ministry of Health Standard Operating Procedures” Nasiima said.
Todate, Uganda has registered 11,767 cases, 106 deaths and 7461 recoveries.
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