The Inspector-General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola has missed the requiem mass for his fallen Deputy Major General Paul Lockech because of ill health. The Police Joint Chief of Staff Brig. General Jackson Bakasamba represented Ochola at the requiem mass and viewing of the deceased’s body at his home in Kitikifumba zone in Kira Division in Wakiso district on Wednesday afternoon.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said that the boss couldn’t attend the mass because of health-related complications. “The IGP is not here but he is represented because his pressure levels were not okay and the medics advised him to take a rest but he had earlier visited and consoled the family,” Enanga told the mourners.
Top security officials from the Uganda People’s Defense People’s Forces-UPDF, Uganda Police Force-UPF, Central government leaders, members of Parliament and a few residents in the neighbourhood attended the requiem mass.
Some of the top security officials who attended the mass are Gen. Charles Otema Awanyi, Lt Gen. Charles Angina, Gen. Andrew Gutti, Chief of Police joint of staff, Maj. Gen. Jackson Bakasamba, Assistant Inspector General of Police-IGP Asan Kasingye, Maj. Francis Okello and Major. Gen. Gavas Mugyenyi among others.
UPDF officers at rank of Major General including Paul Kawaga, Francis Takirwa, Kayanja Muhanga, Charles Okidi, and Bob Oguki ushered in the deceased’s body. Reported to be in his early 50s, Lokech who survived bombs, grenades and bullets in daring battles in and outside Uganda succumbed to blood clots at his home on Saturday.
Lockech’s body will depart from his ancestral home in Baibir village in Pader District on Thursday where it will be laid to rest on Friday.