Following his death, Teso leaders, including Members of Parliament and Ministers from the region engaged government on the possibility of returning his remains for burial. Government later consented and directed the Ministry of Public Service to coordinate the arrangements.
Peter Iloot Otai, the former Minister of State for Defense in Milton
Obote’s government will be accorded an official burial.
Otai, 79, died in London on of January 2nd. He has been in exile
since 1980s when the National Resistance Army, NRA took overpower.
While in exile, Otai coordinated rebel activities against the NRA through the
Uganda Peoples’ Army, UPA. Although Otai reportedly expressed interest in
returning home last November, the move didn’t materialize following flopped arrangements
back home with the Office of the Prime Minister.
Otai’s family had reportedly raised eight demands for his return that include
giving five of his family members Ugandan passports, facilitating his travel
and support to establish where he will stay in Soroti, among others.
Following his death, Teso leaders, including Members of Parliament and
Ministers from the region engaged government on the possibility of returning
his remains for burial. Government later consented and directed the Ministry of
Public Service to coordinate the arrangements.
On Wednesday, Otai’s remains were received by the State Minister for Public
Service, David Karubanga and State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness,
Musa Ecweru at Entebbe International Airport.
In a meeting held on Tuesday at the Prime Minister’s Office with
the family lawyer, Richard Omongole, it was agreed that the Prime Minister Dr
Ruhakana Rugunda will preside over as a chief mourner.
Otai’s body will be airlifted to Soroti on Thursday, ahead of the requiem mass
at St. Peter’s Cathedral on Friday.
Otai will then be laid to rest on Saturday at his home in Oderai
Ward, Soroti Municipality.
Otai served as Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and State Minister for Defense
between 1980- 1985. He started school from Ngora Boys Primary School for his
elementary education before joining Ngora High School for Junior Secondary
Certificate. He then went to Busoga College, Mwiri for his “O” level before
joining Kings College, Budo for “A” level.
Otai was later granted a scholarship to study at Readings University in the
United Kingdom. Information available indicates that Otai married Margret
Ibreck in 1969 in London and the couple has three daughters.
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