RIP Col-Shaban Bantariza

Deputy government spokesperson Col. Shaban Bantariza is dead

Col. Bantariza died today morning at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he had been admitted since Sunday.

Media Centre Executive Director, Ofwono Opondo who is also the boss of Col. Bantariza announced his death.

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“I hereby with deep sorrow regret to announce the death of my Deputy Shaban Bantariza that occurred early this morning at Mulago Hospital where he had been in admission since Sunday with hypertension” Mr Ofwono wrote.

Bantariza was in 2013 appointed Media Centre Deputy Executive Director by President Yoweri Museveni before he was retired.  Within the same  year, he was arrested and slapped with charges of embezzlement of funds while he served as the head of National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi. He was subsequently acquitted of the charges when those that accused him failed to produce evidence.

Col. Bantariza was army Spokesperson between 2000 and 2002 and from 2003 to 2006. He is credited for having been the face of the army at the time when the country was faced with several insurgencies.