Gov’t to Accord Mzee Byanyima Official Burial
The late Boniface Byanyima will receive an official burial. This is according to a statement by the Prime Minister announcing government’s decision arrived at in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Prime minister Uganda says the president has ordered for an official send of Byanyima who died on Tuesday and is expected to be laid to rest on Sunday.
“The country has lost a great statesman, a great legislator and a great leader. The Democratic Party has obviously lost one of the most illustrious leaders. We in government deeply appreciate his work as a political leader and role model for the young people. So that’s why president Museveni has directed for his official send off. So we are making arrangements with the family, DP and parliament to ensure that this is done,” Rugunda told journalists.
It should be noted that Boniface Byanyima, who is a father to Winnie Byanyima a wife to opposition figure Kizza Besigye, was at some point a guardian and teacher to young Yoweri Museveni.
He is also one of the phasing out generation of Democratic Party stalwarts that made the party a key player in the politics of Uganda.
Unlike his daughter Winnie, who served for several years under Museveni’s NRM regime, the former statesman remained opposed to the regime to the time of his death.