The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) has finally handed over the body of Private Wilson Sabiiti, the bodyguard responsible for the tragic shooting of State Minister of Labour Col. Charles Engola that happened on May 2.
The body was handed over to the family in in Mubali Village, Kijura Town Council in Kabarole District on Tuesday at 5:00am by the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
Since then, the UPDF had retained Sabiiti’s body, citing the need to conduct a thorough investigation into circumstances and motives surrounding his actions.
Funeral arrangements are now underway, and mourners have begun to gather to pay their respects. The burial is expected to take place later today.
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Ms Olivia Musiimenta, the sister of the deceased, said they constructed the grave after watching a story on NTV Uganda where the army said they would transport the deceased’s remains to the home but would not help in the burial arrangements.
“Our hope was that after the burial of the minister, the next step was to release his body, we told local people to start digging the grave but up to now, we are stuck; we don’t know when we shall get it,” she said.
The army has decided to participate in the burial proceedings, ensuring a dignified farewell for Sabiiti, despite their earlier decision to abstain. Soldiers are now present to pay their respects.