KAMPALA – Political activist Barbara Annah Allimadi was on Saturday, May 2, 2020 laid to rest at her ancestral home in Bungatira Sub County, Gulu District amid heavy police deployment.
Allimadi, who was the International Affairs Secretary of the opposition Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party, was found dead in her home in Kiwatule, Nakawa Division in Kampala last Monday.
At her burial, police officers led by the Gulu District Police Commander Emmanuel Mafundo were on hand to ensure adherence to the social distancing rules issued by the Ministry of Health in line with containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
A few close relatives and friends of Allimadi were allowed at the burial ground and in the compound to listen to the eulogies and funeral service.
Others were turned away and allowed to follow the burial from a distance.
ANT president Gen Mugisha Muntu, Leader of Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol Ochan and her predecessor Ms Winnie Kizza, ANT coordinator for Finance and Administration Alice Alaso attended the burial.
Rev Francis Ocira, the main celebrant at the burial asked mourners to emulate the exemplary life Ms Alimadi lived while still alive.
“Being a true human means standing and fighting to save others not yourself alone. Once you fear God as she did, you will always have the courage and conviction to stand for others,” Rev. Ocira said.
Gen Muntu said that the death of Ms Allimadi was a setback to their party.
“The passing on of Barbara is so sad for us the party and her entire family. She dedicated herself to fighting for justice freedom and rights of others while serving in the civil society until she recently joined us at the party,” Gen Muntu said.
According to the postmortem read at the burial, Allimadi died of pulmonary embolism.
“When the doctors in Mulago did a postmortem, they found out that he had a big clot in her lungs. The clot developed from the heart to the lungs and blocked her from breathing, medically that condition is called Pulmonary embolism,” the report read.
Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung, blocking blood flow to part of the lung.
Blood clots most often originate in the legs and travel up through the right side of the heart and into the lungs.