KAMPALA — Presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi popular name Bobi Wine has mourned deputy government spokesman Shaban Bantariza who succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday morning.
“I have learnt about the sudden death of Deputy Government Spokesperson, Col. Shaban Bantariza. I extend my sympathy to his family and friends,” he wrote.
He said he had read very many unkind comments about Col. Bantariza on social media and notes that it never used to be like this, “but may be this reflects the growing wedge between our rulers and those who are ruled My prayer is that this will cause deep reflection amongst all of us”.
In a statement on social media, Bobi Wine also said that “in death, we are reminded that all of us are equal and share a common destiny as human beings, as we await God’s judgement”.
“Therefore, while we’re still alive, we should try to do what is good and what is right to all kinds of people regardlessof their social status. May we also learn never to put our trust in anything else, except God, who alone is immortal. Nothing should ever replace humanity and humility. The Banyankore say, “ensi egyi n’omushenyi”(this world is nothing but sand)”
“While we still live, we owe it upon ourselves and those yet to come to be humble and do good”.
“Unlike some comrades who celebrate when their oppressors die, I personally feel sad when they die. I always wish that they live much longer and witness a #NewUganda which is governed with fairness, justice and love”.
Meanwhile, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has confirmed to journalists that his deputy Col. Bantaliza succumbed to COVID-19.
“His samples were tested and it was confirmed that he had contracted Covid-19. The postmortem has been done and it confirmed that he died of Covid-19,” he said.