Tuesday 27th of October 2020 turn to be a black Tuesday in the history of Uganda. Few hours after the death of Kawaala based church Pastor Yiga Augustine. Shockingly, the country get sad news of the death of Deputy government spokesperson and deputy Executive Director of the Uganda Media centre; Col. Shaban Bantariza.
Meanwhile, Bantariza passed on this morning from Mulago National Referral Hospital! where he has been admission to the intensive care unit.
However, his comrade, government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says Col. Bantariza succumbed to Covid – 19. Opondo is the Executive Director of Uganda Media centre and is Bantariza’s boss and colleague.
But while speaking to media at Mulago hospital Opondo note that his colleague had chest pain, low blood pressure and cough. He continues, Bantariza had been on admission at Mulago hospital under intensive care.
Additionally, earlier the UPDF through their spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso confirmed the death of the Col.
“He was admitted on Friday at Mbuya military hospital, from where he was taken to Victoria clinic before being transferred to Mulago; after they had suspected he could have contracted COVID 19,” Opondo says.
“Upon testing in Malago and medical verification, it was confirmed that indeed he had contracted COVID-19! it is sad news that Shaban Bantariza has died of COVID-19,” Opondo adds.
Col. Shaban Bantariza is dead
Who is Col. Bantariza
Bantariza was born in Mitooma district, in 1963. He is an Old Boy of St. Leo’s College; Kyegobe, in Fort Portal, Kabarole District! before later joining the Catholic brotherhood where he trained as an elementary school teacher.
Like most Ugandans he went to Makerere University in 1985 but later abandoned his studies and joined the National Resistance Army; led by President Yoweri Museveni. Bantariza attended guerrilla Bootcamp in the Kabarole area, in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. Col. also attended and graduated from the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College; having studied the senior command course offered annually at the college
However, Bantariza served as the UPDF spokesperson from 2000 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2006. For a period of time, prior to February 2009, Bantariza, at the rank of lieutenant colonel, served as the commander of the Oliver Tambo Leadership School, in Kaweweta, Nakaseke District, in Uganda’s Central Region.
Surprisingly, On 26 February 2009, he was the commandant of the National Leadership Institute (NALI); in Kyankwanzi, Kyankwanzi District serving in that capacity until the end of his duties on 7 October 2011.