The ruling National Resistance Movement, NRM Secretary General Rt. Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba has mourned fallen soldier and Deputy Government Spokesperson Col. Shabana Bantariza.
Lumumba in her message disseminated by party spokesperson Rogers Mulindwa, says Col. Bantariza has been a loyal member of the NRM government and the party which he has served till his death.
She added that on Thursday last week, he was part of the 47 eminent Ugandans appointed by the Party National Chairman to carry out the reconciliation programs among our members.
“His area of operation was Butaleja, Busia and Kibuku districts. His commitment on duty and the honesty will highly be valued even after his departure. After picking the necessary facilitation for the exercise, the Colonel later felt unwell to travel and sent back the resources. A few days later, we received the sad news” Lumumba says.
The NRM Secretariat also condoled with Ofwono Opondo the Executive Director at the Media Centre and all the staff, for the passing of their colleague.
According to the party, Col Bantariza has gone too early and at a time they needed him most.
“May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear this great pain. May the care and love of those around the family members provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead” she added.
Bantariza died on Monday morning at Mulago National Refferal hospital where he had been admitted on Sunday with hypertension. He is remembered for passionately defending government even in the most difficult instances.