By: Ismael Kasooha
The Government of Uganda is to accord an official burial to the fallen Permanent Secretary to the Office of the Prime Minister, Keith Muhakanizi.
Keith Muhakanizi passed away on the 13th of April in Milan Italy where he had gone to seek specialized treatment for cancer.
According to the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, the Head of State directed that Muhakanizi be accorded an official burial due to his contribution to the development of the country.
Prime Minister Nabbanja Robinah chairing a meeting to plan for the return of fallen Keith Muhakazi’s body at OPM on Saturday
During a meeting with close relatives, friends and Government officials that took place at the Office of the Prime Minister on Saturday afternoon, Nabbanja told the meeting that President Yoweri Museveni had directed that the State takes over all burial arrangements.
Nabbanja described Muhakanizi as a celebrated economist who made significant contribution to the development of the country by championing robust public sector reforms and offering sound advice.
The Minister for Information Communication Technology and National Guidance Dr. Chris Baryomunsi said that Government was in touch with their counterparts in Italy to process the return of the body.
Meanwhile, Prof. William Bazeyo a Ugandan Physician, Public Health Specialist and close friend to Keith Muhakanizi, the cause of death was organ failure as a result of cancer that they had been treating since 2018.
A committee to manage the burial arrangements has been put in place and is chaired by Hajji Yunus Kakande, the Secretary in the Office of the President.
The body of Keith Muhakanizi is expected in the country on Wednesday and burial arrangements will be communicated later.