The National Unity Platform President, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, has mourned the passing of Deputy Government Spokesperson, Col. Shaban Bantariza and extended sympathy to his family and friends.
In a statement on his facebook page, Kyagulanyi said he had also read very many unkind comments about him on social media.
“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” he writes.
Kyagulanyi noted that in death, humans are reminded that they all are equal and share a common destiny as they await God’s judgment.
He therefore advised that while still alive, everyone should try to do what is good and what is right to all kinds of people regardless of 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” Kyagulanyi said
He noted that unlike some comrades who celebrate when their oppressors die, he personally felt sad when they die and always wishes that they live much longer and witness a #NewUganda which is governed with fairness, justice and love.
Meanwhile, the Alliance for National Transformation, ANT President Gen. Mugisha Muntu has also mourned Col. Shaban’s death. “I have with great sadness heard of the passing of Col (Rtd) Shaban Bantariza earlier this morning. My thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends and colleagues as we grapple with his untimely death. May God strengthen you through this undoubtedly heavy loss” Muntu said.
Col. Shaban succumbed to COVID-19 at Mulago on Tuesday morning.