The Uganda People’s Defense Forces Army has apologized for the delayed reburial of former deputy Commander of the Uganda Army, Brig. Gen. Okoya Pierrino who was killed in 1970.
Okoya was killed on January 25, together with his wife at their home in Koro cell, then Omoro District by suspected escorts of former president Iddi Amin.
In 2018, government promised to rebury Okoya and his wife at his ancestral home in Bongo Tyet village, Palaro Sub County in Gulu district.
Mato-Oput, a reconciliation ritual that compels conflicting parties not to confront one another again was also performed that same year after a family in Lamogi Sub county, Amuru district confessed to having a had a hand in Okoya’s death.
Okoya’s son, Johnson Lajul Omony however says that the army dug a grave in April 2019 and abandoned it without any explanations despite an assurance from President Museveni that their late father would be given a befitting reburial.
But Brig. Gen. Francis Acoka, who is in charge of the reburial process says that reburial plans were affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Acoka who was speaking during a meeting with the family yesterday in Bongo Tyet village said the UPDF is committed to giving their comrade a befitting reburial and constructing a house for his family as earlier promised by government.