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Reburial of Brig. Pierino Okoya Underway in Gulu :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Reburial of Brig. Pierino Okoya Underway in Gulu

Brig. Okoya who was Uganda Army's Second Infantry brigade commander was shot dead along with his wife Anna Akello Okoya at his home in Koro village, then Gulu District, now Omoro District.
A potrait of Brig. Gen Pierino Okoya.
The government is holding the long-awaited state reburial for Brig. Gen. Pierino Okoya, 53 years after his assassination on January 25, 1970.

Brig. Okoya who was Uganda Army's Second Infantry brigade commander in Masaka was shot dead along with his wife Anna Akello Okoya at his home in Koro village, then Gulu District, now Omoro District. Although he was buried at his ancestral home in Bongo-tyet village in Palaro Sub-county, the government in 2020, offered to hold a decent state reburial for the fallen soldier.

The government also as part of recognition of his efforts in the country renovated his home in Koro village in February 2016 and also constructed a new building at his ancestral home in Bongo-Tyet village through the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) engineering brigade.

Brig. Okoya’s assassination had remained a mystery and pitted clan members of Palaro against the Pujwani in Lamogi Sub-county whose son Raymond Oryema was among those accused of plotting the murder on orders of former President Idi Amin.

The two clans however buried their hatchets following a reconciliation process undertaken in March 2019 brokered by the Pageya Can Chief Yusuf Okwonga Adek. The government later compensated for the death of Brig. Okoya paid 14 million shillings and 33 cows while the accused clan members of Lamogi paid 400,000 shillings.

Delivering a sermon at the event, Gulu Archdiocese Archbishop Dr. John Baptist Odama lauded the government for granting the fallen soldier a state reburial arguing that it’s a call for the nation to be reconciled.

“This second burial is to tell us something went wrong in Uganda. We didn’t focus well with each other, so we have to refocus, and it’s through the stage of Mato Oput that we are here today, and we are giving the second reburial for Brig. Gen Okoya,” Says Archbishop Odama.

In attendance at the reburial event are cultural, religious, and Political leaders from Acholi, and top army officers in the UPDF.

Today’s reburial event will be graced by President Yoweri Museveni as chief mourner.