The deceased, John Opio Taban was shot on April 21, 2018 by a Police Constable identified as Robert Byamugisha under circumstances that remain unclear to date, and died at the Intensive Care Unit of Mulago Hospital moments later. A subsequent postmortem confirmed that he succumbed to excessive bleeding, a result of bullet wounds.
The officials Fatumah Nakatudde and Apunyo Paul Okiria prior to their dismissal in October 2018 were working as Deputy Registrar and Senior Administrative Assistant at the College of Health Sciences respectively.
Six of those cleared for the burial are Judiciary officials and representatives from the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ministry. The restriction on the number of mourners is in line with the presidential ban on any form of public gatherings as a control measure against the spread of Covid19 pandemic.