President Yoweri Museveni, who was represented by Gen Kahinda Otafiire described Bantariza as a trustworthy, patient, and a hero who has never betrayed his country.
The Late Bantariza was honored with a 18-gun-salute.
Col. Shaban Bantariza, the government deputy spokesperson has been
laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kagorogoro cell, Mitooma District.
Col. Bantariza succumbed to Covid-19 on Monday at Mulago Hospital.
His burial was restricted to only family members, selected UPDF officers, and
few clergy and five choir members.
There was also strict observation of the covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures-SOPs with only twenty people allowed to occupy a tent. At the
entrance, two checkpoints were manned by both UPDF and Police
officers who were checking the temperature and sanitizing the mourners.
Residents of Kagorogoro cell were asked to keep a distance of
about 100 meters away from the burial ground.
Bantariza was given a 18-gun-salute as his body was lowered to the
President Yoweri Museveni, who was represented by Gen Kahinda
Otafiire described Bantariza as a trustworthy, patient, and a hero who has never betrayed his country.
Museveni reiterated his calls to Ugandans to observe the Ministry of Health
guidelines that prevent the spread of covid-19. He castigated people who have failed to
adhere to the guidelines and who say there is no covid-19 in the country.
“We tell you to wear a mask, you call it a joke, wash your hands,
you call it a joke, cover your nose, you call it a joke, please social distance
you hear people say there is no Corona, but the virus is there and it kills”,
Ofwono Opondo, the Executive Director, Uganda Media Center
described the late Banatariza, as approachable and passionate about his country.
“Being multi-talented, linguistic and his expensive background in
public relations and administration, he was always available at short notice
for duty and never hesitated to share information with colleagues and the
country”. he said.
Col. Shaban Bantariza is survived by 12 children.