Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is seeking Shs500m to facilitate the return of the body of its deceased commissioner and ex-minister for ethics and integrity Fr Simon Lokodo.
Lokodo died in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 29. (Read story here).
The cause of Lokodo’s death remains unclear, but some reports claim he succumbed to Covid19. (Read story here).
A defrocked Catholic Church priest, Lokodo was as controversial as he was interesting. (Read his profile here).
There have mixed reactions on the legacy of Lokodo.
His enemies such as members and activists pushing for LGBTQI and women rights such as Dr Stella Nyanzi have prayed that he rots in hell. (Read story here).
Lokodo’s burial program is yet to be released since his body has not been repatriated.
Mariam Wangadya, the UHRC chairperson, has been quoted as saying the commission needs Shs500m to work on the return of Lokodo’s body.
“We need to pay the travel and hospital bills. He went with a return ticket but since he is dead, he is going to be brought back as cargo; so, we need at least Shs500m,” Wangadya was quoted as saying.
The request for this money comes hours hours after the burial of former central bank governor in Kabale, which cost hundreds of millions. (Read story here).