UPC applauds gov’t for repatriating body of fmr minister, Peter Otai


Former UPC Defence State Minister Peter Otai. Courtesy photo.


  • The former Defence State minister to be buried on Saturday in Soroti district

Kampala – Peter Iloot Asano Otai’s body arrived in the country on Wednesday ahead of his official burial on Saturday in Soroti district.

The deceased was the Defence State Minister under Milton Obote II government before fleeing to exile in the United Kingdom.

He passed on early this month from United Kingdom. For two weeks he was unconscious, sources say.

At Entebbe International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, his body was received by Uganda People’s Congress [UPC] party leader, Jimmy Akena, State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Mr Musa Ecweru, family members in Uganda, and other officials.

Earlier this month, government announced it would take lead in repatriating the body back to Uganda for burial.

According to Ecweru – who spoke to the media yesterday, government will accord an official burial to Otai.

He describes the deceased “a great leader during the Obote II regime”.

UPC party says they are in touch with the family so that their late comrade Peter Otai is given “a befitting send-off in honour of his contribution to both development of the mighty party, UPC and the nation at large.”

“The party would like to thank the government for being cooperative in this particular case, family and whoever put in an effort to bring back the remains of the late Hon. Peter Otai,” UPC says during its Wednesday press conference held in Kampala.

His brief history

The late Peter Otai was born on 8th May, 1940 in Oderai village, Soroti sub-county in Soroti district. His parent were Titus Iloot and Bessi Asano.

He went to Ngora Boys Primary school for his elementary education, before joining Ngora High School for his Junior Secondary Certificate [JSC].

He later joined Busoga College Mwiri for his O’Level and subsequently he went to King’s College Budo for A’Level where he excelled and later got a scholarship to go and Study at Reading University in the United Kingdom.

From 1979 to 1981, he served as Uganda’s Ambassador to Ethiopia. From 1981 to 1985, he served as a State Minister for Defence in the Obote II government. In 1985, he fled to exile in the UK, from where he passed on.


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