Gen Oketa: Prime Minister Rugunda Visits Bereaved Family

The Prime Minister of Uganda, patient Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has praised fallen Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Deputy Coordinator, information pills Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta as person who has made tremendous contribution to the country.

“Oketta has made a very big contribution to the country. He respected the will of the people, believed in institutions and set an example to emulate, for both civilians and the soldiers,” said Dr. Rugunda.

“His contribution has gone beyond the borders of Uganda and his expertise has been resourceful across Africa like commanding African Union force in containing Ebola in West Africa,” he added.

Rugunda made the remarks on Sunday afternoon while visiting the family of the fallen UPDF General in Najjera, Wakiso District.

He noted that “Oketa was a man of the people, contributive when his opinion is needed. He helped Parliament to do its work effectively.”

Gen. Oketta who was also serving as the Director National Emergency and Coordination at the Office of the Prime Minister, died on Saturday morning at Kadic Hospital in Kampala after a serious heart attack.

Dr. Rugunda interracts with Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina
Dr. Rugunda interracts with Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina

The Prime Minister said that preliminary reports indicate that Oketta’s death was triggered by a blood clot although they are still awaiting a full post mortem report.

“Reports point to a blood clot as the cause of death but that is not conclusive. Avoid anything speculative until a full medical report is released.”


“His untimely death is a big blow to the country and the best tribute we can pay to him is to ensure that what he worked for and the programs he started are effectively executed and completed.”

He extolled Oketta for his role in resettlement of people under the Office of the Prime Minister noting that his demise “leaves a big challenge for us to ensure that the good work he has put in place continues.”

Captain David Livingstone Okumu, the deceased’s Military Assistant has described Gen. Oketta as a hardworking man who was easy to work with.

Gen. Okatta's Military Assistant, Capt. David Okumu
Gen. Okatta’s Military Assistant, Capt. David Okumu speaking to press on Sunday

Okumu said that the General didn’t have any known sickness and that the news of his death shocked him so much.

“Afande was not suffering from anything at the time. Earlier in 1996, he was involved in an accident and had a blood clot but was treated in France and it went away,” said Okumu.

“He was again involved in an accident last year, as he was following the President’s convoy to Gulu but he didn’t sustain any injuries.”

Captain Okumu has worked with Oketta since 1989, when the general was a Regional Reserve Force Commander.

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