Ex-rebel chief Otai remains return Wednesday

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Former Uganda People’s Army (UPA) rebel leader and minister in Obote’s government Peter Otai

The remains of former Uganda People’s Army (UPA) rebel leader, Peter Iloot Otai, will arrive in the country Wednesday from London, UK.

He died in the wee hours of January 2 in London, where he had lived since the overthrow of Obote’s second regime.

The family of the former minister told the state-run New Vision that President Museveni accepted to have Otai’s body returned home.

He will also be accorded a state funeral in his native Soroti district.

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Michael Eroku, the zonal clan chairman of Irarak-Iderin in Soroti told New Vision the body will arrive Wednesday afternoon.

After arrival at Entebbe, Otai’s body will be taken to a funeral home in Kampala, then moved to Kololo Independence Grounds on Thursday.

After there, it will be airlifted to Soroti for the burial ceremony this Saturday at his ancestral home of Oderai village in Soroti sub-county.

A funeral service was held in London for the Uganda community living there at Holy Trinity church Tulse Hill.

Otai, who died at the age of 79, was also a Minister of State for Defence in the Obote II government (1980-1985).

Otai left Uganda for the UK where he commanded rebellious activities against the then National Resistance Army (NRA) that assumed power in 1986 under the leadership of Museveni.

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